Tiger Barb Care – Easy And Effective Guide

Written by Dennis

I believe any aquarium is incomplete without this species which is why the tiger barb care is widely enquired guide on the internet.

I have earlier written about other freshwater fishes; though they have very easy and similar caring process, these fishes have a moderately difficult level of caring.

But, there’s nothing to worry about it, as I am going to keep it short and simple for all the aquarium enthusiast readers out there. All you need to do is to follow.

Behavior- An Integral Part Of Tiger Barb Care:

knowing the behavior of your fish is crucial in the care taking process. It helps you to identify the needs of your fish.

Like other minnow fishes, it is not the case that tigers should be put into groups instead they can grow well alone. But the ugliest truth about these fishes is that they are unfriendly in nature so may attack any other species in the tank.

That is why it is always recommended to pet these fishes from the tropical cyprinid species in a separate tank where you can put them in the group.

Types Of Tiger Barb Fishes:

Tiger fishes are found in several magnificent colors for interbreeding.

Electric Green Tiger Barb:

The green tiger barb has a deep fluorescent green body with silver or gold blotches and the fins are of orange accented.

Red Tiger Barbs:

These fishes have a rosy red body with black or silver stripes. No doubt they look just awesome in a good quality LED lit aquarium.

Platinum Tiger Barb:

Frankly speaking, though the platinum color has largely covered the body of these fishes, the stripes can be of many colors because of interbreeding in varied fish types.

There are other colors also available like an albino, moss green, cherry barbs fish etc.


The first requirement of keeping tiger barb fish is a large tank. This playful and active fish often becomes aggressive and may bully or disturb other slow swimmers. So it is preferable to keep them in schools in a separate tank which will reduce disasters from the mock-combat play.

Choosing an aquarium which can hold at least 20 gallons of water and keeping them in 5 – 6 numbers is appropriate. Put some gravels and rocks to replicate the nature habitat. Also, do not forget to add places for their hiding.

Using LED lights will increase the beauty of your aquarium and also a good quality of the filter is suggested as this species cannot survive in poorly filtered water.

Tiger fish aquarium must have the temperature around 70 degrees F and the pH level should be within 6.6to 7.8. Though they can adjust minor changes but drastically change may affect them badly

What Do Tiger Barbs Eat?

These fishes are omnivorous in nature and prefer to eat small insects, algae, small crustaceans and plant matter which is why they will eat anything, you offer them.

But to keep your fishes in good condition you must give them a proper balance diet. A mixture of both plants and meats will give them the required health benefits.

You can feed them the high quality tiger barb food which is the flakes. But it is recommended to feed them live foods occasionally. Live foods like small worms, insects, trigger the feeling of the hunt in them which keep them active.

Also giving vegetable pieces like balanced zucchini, shelled peas and medallions are the essential part of feeding. While giving frozen foods do not forget to thaw them for some minutes.

Tiger Barb Breeding:

The fresh water barbs become reproductive at the age of 6 to 8 months. To distinguish the males from the females you can look at the color of their heads as the males have a bright red color.

Also, the female ones are round and fatter than the males. If you want to start breeding them then, all you need to do is to dim the light of the aquarium and add some real plants in the aquarium.

After 3 to 4 days separate the females from the males and then after few days reunite them together, it will trigger spawning. During the matting time, the male will chase the female, until spawning.

Once the tiger barb eggs are released in the water, the males will release their sperm, and the egg will be fertilized.

Now you need to separate the parents as they will eat the eggs happily. After the eggs are hatched, the fry will appear. You can feed them fry food available in the market or can ground the flakes of the fish food.

After few days they will be big enough to reunite them with their parents.

Important Facts About Freshwater Tiger Fish:

Some of the important tiger fish facts include-

  • How big do tiger barbs get?
  • Although the natural length of them is 7 – 10 centimeters long but in captivity, they grow smaller.
  • What should be the tank temperature while spawning?
  • 77 to 82 degrees F
  • Who are the tiger barb tank mates?
  • Mollies, Platies, other barbs, red spotted severum etc. can become potential tank mates though keeping them in a group with their own species is considered as a vital part of tiger barb care.

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