The Tiger Barb is a great choice for beginner hobbyists! It has black bands that run vertically with a gold/orange body. The Tiger Barb also has different varieties like the Green or Albino Tiger Barb.
Although the Tiger Barb is great for beginners you must be careful with what its tank mates will be. It is a very active tropical fish that is known as a fin nipper. They can startle slow moving fish and nip at long finned fish like Bettas. To reduce this effect, make sure to have a school of Tiger Barbs so they are more comfortable in the aquarium. Make sure to have at least 6 together and house them in no less than a 20 gallon fish tank.
The Tiger Barb isn’t too picky when it comes to water quality. Just make sure to have a heater in your tank because they are a tropical fish that requires water warmer than room temperature. When feeding, they will accept flake foods, frozen foods, and brine shrimp or krill.
Tiger Barb Fish Care!
Scientific Name: Puntius tetrazona
Natural Habitat: Indonesia, Sumatra, and Borneo
Common Names: Tiger Barb, Sumatra Barb, Green and Albino, Partbelt Barb.
Beginner Fish: Yes! Care level is easy for the Tiger Barb.
Adult Size: 3 inches.
Life Span: 5 years.
Tank Mates: They are fin nippers so do not keep with long finned fish like fancy guppies and bettas.
Tank Size: 20 gallon or larger.
Tank Region: Middle.
Water Temperature: 70°F – 77°F
Water pH: 6 – 7.5
Feeding: They are Omnivores. Feed flake, freeze-dried and brine shrimp.
Gender: Male may have more color and show red on its nose, females are usually larger.