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Tiger Barb - Puntius tetrazona

tiger barbtiger barbs in planted tank

Origin: Indonesia
Maximum Size: 2.5 inches
Care: 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 remember to leave plenty of space for swimming. The Tiger Barb is a very active fish that may pester or even nip the fins of more slow moving fish.
Feeding: Tiger barbs can exist quite happily on regular tropical fish flakes however its a good idea to supplement their diet with adult brine shrimp, and bloodworms. In the wild they exist mainly on vegetable matter so you can also feed blanched zucchinni/cucumber and watch them tear it apart!
Breeding: Breeding can be stimulated by using higher water temperatures of about 25C and a pH of 6.5. Use only the best specimens for breeding. Barbs do not engage in any form of care for their fry after laying their eggs, and all if you want to breed them properly you should move them into a special tank set up for breeding. They will spawn on finely leaved plants and these eggs will hatch in 24 hours, like other barbs the parents will eat the eggs if given the chance. Most species require soft, slightly acid water to breed. a water change and lowering the water depth can trigger the breeding. The newly hatched fry need the finest of food, usually newly hatched Brine shrimp or very fine flake food.
Sexing: Males are more brightly coloured.

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