Animal Stories - Green Tiger Barb

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The Green Tiger Barb is a very lively fish and one of the most striking Tiger Barb varieties!
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Caroline Brown - 2010-11-04
I have a green tiger barb had him for 3 weeks and he is very dark looking and and sometimes he wants to swim and then he doesn't at all but I think he is on his last leg so please help. Thanks

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  • spencer - 2010-11-16
    You should buy 2-3 more tiger barbs for your barb. Tiger barbs are shoaling fish and when left alone, chances of dying is very high. So when you buy tiger barbs, you should buy them in a shoal of 3-5 barbs of the same species-spencer.
  • amy - 2011-09-24
    Last :) sorry. Anyway, I'm new too. I bought 4 tiger barbs around noon today. They were doing great, but now, at midnight, one has started to keep to one spot near a corner, though not directly in it. He stays a few inches above the bottom but doesn't move a lot. The other three swim around still (it's a 55 gallon tank) and when they join him he will interact a little, but when they swim away he acts like he might follow for half a second but then settles right back where he was. I enjoy these striking fish, and I'm worried about him. I don't want him to die:( how can I encourage him?
  • Derek - 2012-12-30
    Hi. I have a question I have two glow green barbs. With LED Glo tank. How do you tell the gender, secondly I have a Glo Tetra How do you tell them also? thank u for your time.
Kristie - 2012-07-21
I just started my tank over, I'm new at this! I bought 4 tiger barbs a few days ago and two of them always seem as if they are fighting. They will almost look like they lock together at the mouth and spin. I don't know what they are doing, does anybody elses fish do this?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-22
    More then likely domance fight.  Try to add a few more.
Joy Robinson - 2012-02-11
My son has just brought me 2 green barbs. I have found 2 tetra who have been nipped. On reading up about them it say they should be kept in tank at least 57 liters, mine is 50. I don't have plants but do have hiding places, apart from being angry that they told my son it was fine to put the barbs with others they told him the where very peacefull. Is it wise to get 4 more barbs and some plants to help solve the problem.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-11
    Tiger Barbs, are best kept in schools of 6. A 57 liter aquarium, while larger would be best, will suffice for now. In the meantime, I would purchase 4 more Green Barbs, to minimize aggression.
Noelle - 2008-11-24
Hi.. how will I know if my barb is female or male??? Can I breed them in my 25 gal. tank? thank you

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  • Kate - 2010-08-12

    If you have a tiger barb, you can tell if it is a male when the mouth is tinted an orange/brown color. Females typically have no specific markings in this area, so it's easy to separate them. Right now, I have 4 tiger barbs, but have bought them with the intention that I would be buying a goldfish as well. Too bad I found out I couldn't mix the two after I bought them. Oh well..
  • Deborah DeRosa - 2010-08-22
    Noelle, your male green barb has more reddish coloration around the cordal and pectal fins, the females are black. The females are also slightly larger and rounded in the belly. Yes you can breed your green "moss" barbs, but they must be in a 20 gallon planted tank. Put in about 2" of marbles at the bottom so the eggs can fall through and do not get eaten by the parents. As soon as the eggs are laid, take the pair of barbs out and place them in their normal tank. The fry should hatch in about 25 hours.
Hilary Ann Ritchie - 2011-10-17
I have 2 Green Tiger Barbs and 2 Tiger Barbs. They are the only fish in my tank, is it important that I get more of them, or do you think they should be ok? I've only had them for a few days but so far they seem to be ok!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-18
    Scrolling up it says they do best in a school of six but you don't have to rush out and get two more.
tropical man - 2010-01-21
Hi there, 1 of my green tiger barbs is acting strange. It keeps flapping round the tank like its in pain or something like that. Anyone got info on why its doing it? plzzz

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  • Genevieve - 2010-05-24
    Hi, mine is acting strange too since 2 days, it turns around itself and tries to hide into plants. I have 3 other tiger barbs and 3 tetra. I don't know what started it but one of its fin had been nibbled.
  • zwillieYEAH - 2010-10-14
    It happened to one of my tiger barbs before. If one of your tiger barbs is just staying in one place and wiggling it's fin every now and then and it's barely moving elsewhere in the tank then it's probably going to end up dead a couple days later. Chances are this usually happens in the first couple of weeks when raising tiger barbs and then rarer after that, the weaker ones usually die out first and the others survive. Your tiger barb most likely couldn't fit in with the rest of the pack and was left out, sometimes they will stop eating and starve to death. My recommendations are to keep the water quality as clean as possible and keep the temp between 72F - 82F if it is already not, and it may return to normal but those chances are very slim. Make sure you keep your school to at least 6 or more.
  • Craig - 2011-05-19
    Hi, I have a tiger barb who is doing the same thing, he swims around the tank always looking downwards and moves in a flicking motion. I jokingly say he has epilepsy. Does anyone know what this could be?
  • Mik507 - 2011-08-12
    Don't know maybe he's exploring if he's new
  • Mik507 - 2011-08-12
    Ya know Willie reminds me of my most favourite green tiger barb lasted for exactly a week. He died so fast, wonder how he's doing up there (Heaven)
Mik507 - 2011-08-12
I have a green tiger barb now. One died before this and I dont want to loose this one so then I was checking on him and his colour faded/changed so I was worried?? plz help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-12
    If your fish is fading consensus seems to be the water condition, nitrates, stress or the age of the fish as they have a tendency to fade with age. Check the water - nitrates. The Tiger might be stressed just cuz of moving and will take time to adjust. It was also suggested to feed blood worms to bring out the more vivid coloring. It was also stated that low man on the totem pole is faded - again stress and not much you can do about that. Someone has to be top dog and someone has to be low dog. Way of the world. Most say condition of tank and water ----
Austin Reitmire - 2008-05-27
I have two green tiger barbs, one is named Fin, and the other one's name is Scare. Her name is Scare because she has a cut on her side form when she was born from damage of the egg she was in. Scare and Fin are always with each other and now Scare is pregnant! I cant believe it! She has made a small nest with some rocks under a small plant. She was smart in doing that so now no other fish can harm the eggs. I bet the babies will be cute!

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  • Deborah DeRosa - 2010-08-28
    Austin, your tiger barb may save her fry from other fish but who is going to save the fry from the mother? As soon as the barb lays the eggs, she is going to eat them. Best to read the reply above about separating the mating barbs in a 20 gallon planted tank. Put in a box filter and fill the tank 2/3rds of the way with cycled water. On the bottom of the tank put in approximately 2" of sterilized marbles so the eggs can fall through and not get eaten on the way down by the parents. Good luck.
GODZALLA - 2007-04-08
once i had 130 tiger barbs mixed from the three kinds, but i made a killing mistake. the first day in my tank i gave them live food (worms) and the water color changed. it was my first time in barbs (tiger) so i though may be if i changed some of the water it woud be better, then i started to change it. then days after, every day there was dead tigers. not less than 5-8 a day every day until all the school was gone away. later i recognized that i should not have changed the water with new fresh water from the tap with chlorine! so take care people, the tiger barb is a very sensitive fish and very cute.

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  • Deborah DeRosa - 2010-08-22
    130 tiger barbs? I hope your tank was at least 200 gallons. Never put fish in a newly set up tank. It must be cycled first. Then you add fish slowly over a month. To put 130 tigers in and then stress them by changing the water, no wonder they all died. Learn from your errors. Read other people's mail and buy books.
prachit - 2010-01-12
Can I put green tiger barb with my goldfish, plz give me information about this.

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  • Linda - 2010-03-12
    I have 3 tiger barbs in with a variety of fish including 2 goldfish. The tiger barbs have not hurt or nipped any of the fish in the tank, they seem happy just to school together. I have a peaceful tank, so sometimes it does work out okay with tiger barbs and other fish in the tank with them including goldfish.