Tiger Barb
Puntius tetrazona

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

10 gallon

Color

Black, Orange, White

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

Slightly acidic (6.0-7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), 74 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit

Description


General: The Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona) species is native to the Malaysian island of Kalimantan. This fish can live up to ten years and will reach a length of three inches. The Tiger Barb can make a great addition to other small fish with a semi-aggressive nature.

Fecundity: This egg-scattering fish can produce up to 700 eggs per clutch. To encourage a courtship dance, feed live foods while maintaining a pH around 7, and a water temperature between 75-78 degrees Fahrenheit.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.5-7.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH)

Aquarium Diet: Brine shrimp, baby brine shrimp, blackworms, spirulina, general flakes

Compatibility: The Tiger Barb is aggressive in comparison to most other small fish within the hobby. It is best to keep them in a tank size of 29 gallons or larger. It is ideal to have only a single aggressive individual or keep in schools larger than six. The Tiger Barb will likely nip at any elegant, elongated fins of slower moving fish.


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