Why Tiger Barbs Are Considered Fish of Varieties
The Tiger Barb is considered as one of the most frequently imported ornamental fishes. Nowadays, it is easy to find captive hybrid breeds which are the result of various breeding experimentation’s to enhance the colorization effect. No wonder that this type of fish serves as a great eye-candy for any aquarium.
Will White via Compfight The wild Tiger Barb is decorated with four black stripes vertically around its body, making its silvery to brownish yellow color appear to resemble a tiger, with the addition of its brightly orange-colored fins. However, a Tiger Barb can be a threat to other fishes in a community tank. Except for the usual intimidating of other fishes, fin nipping is likely to occur so make sure you think twice before putting them into such aquarium with different kinds of fish.
It is advisable to have the Tiger Barb fish species in groups of five, or preferably more. It should also be noted that they tend to attack other fishes, specially wounded ones but if kept in a large tank, they will stick around together and prevent them from turning into bullies. The ideal temperature of the tank is 23 – 26° C (74-79° F) with a pH level of 6.0-7.0.
Bloodworms, plant matter and small crustaceans are just some of its favorite food. They can also feed on high-quality tropical fish flakes but if you want them to live longer, it is important to take note of their diet. They also like boiled zucchinis and lettuce. Barbs are egg layers and they usually eat their own eggs. Provide broad leaf plants for them to scatter their eggs on and separate them as soon as the reproduction process is done.
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