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The Tiger Barb, scientifically known as Puntigrus tetrazona, is a vibrant and active freshwater fish that adds energy to aquariums. Recognized for its distinctive black vertical stripes and lively behavior, the Tiger Barb is a popular choice among aquarium enthusiasts.



  • Average Size: 2-3 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 3 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 30 gallons or larger


Temperament: Tiger Barbs are known for their active and sometimes fin-nipping behavior. They are best kept in groups of at least five individuals to disperse any aggressive tendencies among themselves. Avoid pairing them with long-finned or slow-moving species.


Unique Traits: Distinguished by their distinctive black vertical stripes and vibrant orange or red coloration, Tiger Barbs are easily recognizable. They have a streamlined and slightly compressed body, with prominent fins.


Origin: Native to Southeast Asia, Tiger Barbs are found in various river systems, including those in Malaysia, Thailand, and Sumatra.


Other Names:

  • Sumatra Barb
  • Partbelt Barb


Care Level: Easy


Diet: Tiger Barbs are omnivores and accept a wide range of foods. Provide a balanced diet that includes high-quality flake food, pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms. A varied diet contributes to their overall health and coloration.


Characteristics and Looks: Tiger Barbs are characterized by their vibrant coloration, with orange or red bodies and distinct black stripes. They have a slightly torpedo-shaped body and active swimming behavior. The fins may have a red or orange tint, adding to their visual appeal.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • gH (General Hardness): 5-15 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 4-8 dKH
  • Temperature: 75-82°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Tiger Barb

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