Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)

Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)

Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)

Originating from Southeast Asia and India, including Sri Lanka. The Tiger Barb can grow up to 3” {7 cm).

A very active fish, it may chase or even nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish like angels or betta splendens. Like most schooling species they should be kept in groups of at least six or more. Schooling fish have developed this natural behavior over millions of years to better defend against predators, as well as increase their chances of mating. Removed from the group, these fish will tend to hide behind plants or other tank décor. Some species will fade in color and stress if kept alone, leaving them vulnerable to diseases. Extremely susceptible to ich, good water quality and frequent partial water changes are important.

A minimum of 30 gallons (100 lt) aquarium with a fine subtract of sand or gravel is recommended to house the Tiger barb. Driftwood and stones can be included as long as plenty of room for swimming is arranged. Aquatic plants such as Broad-leaved Dwarf Amazon Sword, Brasilian Water Ivy, Water Stargrass, Christmas Tree Plant, Mayaca fluviatilis and Red Amazon are suggested to give the aquarium a more natural appearance, oxygenate the water, and provide hiding places.

Omnivorous, they will gladly eat all types of food. Feed them vegetable-based flake, freeze-dried and frozen foods, including small amount of vegetable (i.e., parboiled lettuce, zucchini) every other week. For optimal health supplement their diets with small live foods, such as bloodworms, glass worms, brine shrimp, Tubifex worms and Daphnia.

Like most egg scatterers the parent will not attend their eggs, so a separate spawning/fry tank is suggested. Fine leaved plants or an artificial spawning mop should be used to collect the eggs. A bare bottom is recommended so that the tank can be kept very clean. After spawning the parents should be removed. Very fine live foods like infusoria will be needed to raise the fry, which will be free-swimming in about 5 days. It is important to feed them several times a day, as are daily water changes to keep water quality high.

Compatible: Tetras, Rasboras, Loaches, Danios, Gouramis, Livebearers, Corydoras, Discus, Barbs, Rainbowfish, Plecos, and Scavenger Catfish of similar size.
Aquarium setup: 74-79°F; pH 6.0-7.0; dH 4-10

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