Tiger Barb


The Tiger Barb is silver/gold with black stripes and orange accented fins. They are a very lively, playful fish that prefers to be in schools.

They prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Tiger Barb is a very active fish that may pester or even nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish.

It is best, when trying to breed the Tiger Barb, to house a number of Barbs in the same aquarium until they pair off. After a pair has developed, the female will lay the eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. The fry will be free-swimming after about 5 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Tiger Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

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hotsk8erchic January 16, 2010 at 6:56 pm

MAJOR TAIL NIPPERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they bite tails of other fish (especially angels betas and gouramis!!! DO NOT MIX W/ THESE FISH) its a good idea 2 either put them in a tank by them self, or w/ other barbs. guppies dont mix well w/ them either. (FROM EXPERIENCE!!!) thnx!!!

JC June 15, 2010 at 6:22 am

My Fiance and myself started a warm water tank and we had in there guppies, tiger barbs, mollies and angel fish and a prco. We could not understand why the angels, molies, preco and gappie just all of a sudden passed. well no I know that it’s because of these two little things. they are so sweet though very active and like to chase one anohther in the tank. No I thing we must replace them or we will have no more fish in our tank. Desided to look up the fish we want and see if they can all swim together.

Ellen February 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I have lots of experience with Tiger Barbs (regular, green and albino). In my experience they have done best in odd numbered groups (at least 3 or more). These fish are schooling and semi-aggressive so they should really only be kept with other semi-aggressive fish! I think they are great to watch and they grow quickly into a lovely school.

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