Barbs tend to be small, lively and colourful fish, making them ideal for the community aquarium. It's important to house each species in groups of six or more, as they are semi-aggressive fish when housed individually. This will help prevent bullying and aggression against slower and more passive aquarium companions.

Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)

tiger barb    
The striking Tiger Barb is silver/gold in colour with black stripes. They have orange accented fins and grow to around 3 inches. They are energetic, playful fish that thrive in schools. The Tiger Barb enjoys a large, well planted aquarium with soft, slightly acidic water. These energetic fish are semi-aggressive and will bully other large, slower fish.

Tiger Barbs are considered easy to keep but aquarium keepers should allow plenty of space in the tank for swimming, as these are very active fish. The Tiger Barb is an omnivore and should be fed a good quality flake food, frozen foods vegetables and meaty foods.

Geographical origin

South-East Asia including the Indian Sub-Continent

Aquarium condition requirements for your Small Asian Barbs

Minimum aquarium size - 600mm x 380mm x 300mm (24” x 15” x 12”). With lighting hood and cover glass fitted. As with the majority of fish, the bigger the aquarium the better for this group.

Temperature - 18o/28oC 65oF/80oF . Best around 24oC/75oF, some fluctuation is normal in nature.

Habitat - Small Asian Barbs are best kept in a well planted community aquarium with a coarse sand or gravel substrate, gentle water movement by internal or preferably an external filter is most beneficial.

Water parameters - Small Asian Barbs are tolerant of most type of water. Keep the water clean and sweet smelling. Change about 25% once a week: do not simply keep topping up evaporation losses.

Small Asian Barbs’ behaviour with other fish

These fish are normally peaceful. Best kept in a small groups (6+). Has had a reputation for fin nipping (through boredom?) when kept as a solitary specimen or in very small numbers. These are active and colorful fish, well suited for a community collection.

Small Asian Barbs’ diet

Omnivorous. Will accept any proprietary brand of Tropical Fish Food. Alternative food should always be given, with a form of live food recommended at least twice a week - Daphnia, Bloodworms, Gnat Lava, chopped earthworm, etc. DO NOT OVERFEED, most problems start with this as the cause.

Small Asian Barbs’ health

When buying your Small Asian Barbs only select alert free swimming fish with all fins being held erect, with no signs of damage on body and fins and clean bright body colors. Reject lethargic, damaged or hollow bellied specimens

Habitat - freshwater tropical aquarium

Sociability - good in smallish (6+) community

Care - moderate

The Pet Owners Association are grateful to the Federation of British Aquatic Societies for the above information and image.