Tiger Barb, Puntius tetrazona - Animal-World

A 10 gallon fish tank with 2 striped tiger barbs, 2 green tiger barb and 3 black phantom tetras... Feel free to comment and rate! All feedback is appreciated!

The tiger barb or Sumatra barb (Puntigrus tetrazona),, is a species of tropical cyprinid fish

The Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona) was described by German Ichthyologist Pieter Bleeker in 1855. It belongs to the family Cyprinidae under order Cypriniformes of Class Actinopterygii. It was once called the “Sumatranus” because it came from Sumatra. This fish is available in two additional color varieties: green and golden. The green variety or mossy barb has dark green patches while the golden variety lacks the black bars.

likes to nip the fins of slow-swimming and long-finned fish.

The tiger barb (Puntius tetrazona) is a popular aquarium fish which is a great choice for beginners I have a 28 Gallon, 30Lx12Wx18D with 12 total fish, all young. (3) Green Tiger Barbs, (3) Harlequin Rasboras, (3) Buenos Aires Tetras, (1) flame dwarf Gourami, (1) Thomasi Pleco, and (1) Bristle Nose Pleco. I had (1) Rainbow Shark who has since died but I believe was a part of the problem I am describing below.

Tiger barb: tank mates, care, compatibility, breeding, food

The tiger barb is an active, playful shoaling fish which should be housed in a tank with a fine gravel substrate. They prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. The pH of the tank water should be ranged from 6.0-7.0 while hardness should be varied between 5° and 15° dH. The tank should have rocks, aquatic plants and driftwood in the center to provide hiding places. It usually should be kept in groups of six or more individuals because they are often aggressive in numbers less than five. They should not be kept with slower, more peaceful fishes such as bettas, gouramis, angelfish and others with long, flowing fins. They do work well with many fast-moving fish such as Large Tetras, Mollies, Platies, Plecostomus, Swordtails, danios, cardinal tetra, neon tetra etc. The tank should have good filtration system to keep all water parameters within suitable ranges. Additionally, the tank should be covered with hood to prevent the fish from jumping. 25 – 50% of the tank water should be replaced at least once a month. If the tank is densely stocked 20 – 25% should be replaced weekly or every other week.

Anyone has neon tetras and tiger barbs together


Males can be veryaggressive and some aggressive males tend to attack their own kind or otherspecies if no other tiger barbs are in the tank. They prefer bushyplants and lots of open swimming area. Tiger Barbs are fin nippers, sodon't mix them with slow moving fish such as many of the tetra group, guppies orbettas. They eatstandard flake foods and freeze dried blood worms.The common aquarium tiger barb is referred to as ‘Puntius tetrazona‘ throughout aquarium literature and is without doubt among the most recognisable fish in the hobby. It has been a popular ornamental subject for decades and both its natural and artificial colour forms are farmed on an enormous scale, with collection of wild examples virtually unheard of.