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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Tiger barb

Picture of Tiger barb
Common nameTiger barb, Sumatra barb
Scientific namePuntius tetrazona
SynonymsBarbus/Capoeta tetrazona (not valid)
SizeUp to 3" (7.5cm), but often smaller in aquaria
OriginIndonesia and Borneo
Tank setupUse robust or artificial plants around the back and sides of the tank, leaving plenty of open swimming space at the front for this active shoaling fish.
CompatibilityOften included in a community tank, but has a reputation as a fin-nipper. This tendency is likely to be much reduced if kept as a shoal of 5-6 or more individuals.
Temperature20-26oC (68-79oF)
Water chemistryFairly soft, slightly acidic preferred (pH 6.5-7), especially for breeding. However, they will thrive in harder and more alkaline water, as long as extremes are avoided.
FeedingOmnivorous, most foods accepted - flake, granular food, frozen/live foods.
SexingMales tend to be more colourful and are smaller and slimmer than females.
BreedingTypical egg scatterer. It may be best to allow pairs to develop from within the shoal. A separate tank is advisable for spawning, so that the adults can be returned to the main tank after spawning, to avoid the eggs being eaten.
Comments This fish is available in two additional colour varieties: green and golden. The green variety, (sometimes referred to as mossy barbs) has dark green patches, the golden variety lacks the black bars. They have a reputation as fin nippers, but this can be avoided to some extent by keeping as a large shoal, where they will spend most of their time establishing a pecking order amongst themselves. However, it may still be risky to keep them with slow-swimming long-finned fish, such as male Siamese Fighters (Betta splendens) or male Guppies.


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