Puntius tetrazona
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Puntius tetrazona

Common Names: Albino Tiger Barb
Green Tiger Barb
Sumatra Barb
Tiger Barb
Synonyms: Barbus tetrazona
Capoeta tetrazona
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; Indonesia.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Aggressive; Peaceful and extremely active. The Tiger Barb may peck at the fins of other fish such as Angelfish or anything with longer/flowing fins. Behavior can be avoided if you keep them in groups of 6 or more so they so they spend more time chasing and nipping each other. Then, big fins don't tempt them. Lonely tiger barbs, on the other hand, seem to feel bored or insecure and start fin nipping as some sort of defensive instinct.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed with vegetable flakes or live foods.
6 - 8
20°C - 26°C
68°F - 79°F
5 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 7cm (2.8")
Female: 7cm (2.8")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are more brightly coloured.
Breeding: Breeding can be stimulated by using higher water temperatures of about 25°C and a pH of 6.5. Use only the best specimens for breeding.
Variants: Varieties include Albino, Green, and Blushing, or a combination.
Comments: Needs to be kept in schools of 6 or more. Excellent fish.
Main Colours: Silver, Black, Orange
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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Submitted By: Adam
Contributors: weird22person
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