Animal Stories - Tiger Barb


Animal-World Information about: Tiger Barb

The flashy Tiger Barb is very colorful and a real lively, fun to watch fish!
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Prasanna - 2009-08-04
Thanks for your information on Tiger Barbs. I have 7 of these (one died recently) and they are doing fine in my 20 g tank with One Giant Danio (Very Aggressive), Red Rainbow, Pearl Gourami and Ram Cichlid. Tiger barbs are fun to watch with their fast movements and other fish have no problems from fin nipping. Perhaps 7-8 in group did the magic.

This site is really good and I would love to have profiles of Red Tail Black Shark and Rainbow Sharks.

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  • Tim - 2013-02-14
    I have 2 red tail sharks with my 5 tiger barbs as well as a pearl gourami 2 silver dollars and an albino barb. The red tails have been getting along fine with everyone. They have claimed their territory and don't put up with any crap from anyone else and they are fun to watch chase around with the tiger barbs. I have heard though that its a risk buying 2 redtails as one may bully the other to death but I haven't had that problem. I run a 20 gallon tank and could go bigger but everyone seems to be doing fine.
  • Harry Carter - 2014-06-08
    Both of you guys tanks Are WAAAAAAAAAY Too Small. Giant Danios are schooling fish as well as Silver Dollars. To the person that replied, You would need about a 110 Gallon Tank for those fish.
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Des - 2012-03-04
I used to have a school of five tigers. But I don't seem to be able to keep a good school, because I always end up with just one left! He's about 2 years old, and is terrorizing my other fish with his fin nipping. I would give him away, but I don't know any healthy tanks with a school of tigers :( He's all alone in my 38g and I don't know what to do with the poor little guy. He's getting a bad rep because he's being a little devil to the other fish. And he's such a beautifully coloured fish, it a sin.

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  • Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-04
    Something is wrong beacuse I have a school of five and they live in a 5 gallon tank. And they live with guppies. There are three and the don't fight or nip. Those kind of fish are nippier. They like to nip long tail of fish and they are aggrisive. Go to you tube and put mad tiger barbs fighting. That is thier behavor.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-05
    Maybe try to get some larger Tiger Barbs and add to tank to see if they will dominate this guy. Some fish just have bad attitudes. Worth a try.
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Flo - 2011-04-10
One of my tiger fish loses color and seems lethargic , then after it eats it regains color and seems its old self?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    The only thing I can find is that frequently the Tiger Barb fish will lose color and become lethargic if stressed. I would read the article on Animal World Fish Diseases and Symptoms. Your Tiger Barb (per you) seems fine after eating. Various articles say to spread food around so all Tiger Barbs get enough to eat. Is it the smallest one? If I get hungary - I am not fit to live with - I would do some more research though and Animal World is a great place o start.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    The only thing I can find is that frequently the Tiger Barb fish will lose color and become lethargic if stressed. I would read the article on Animal World Fish Diseases and Symptoms. Your Tiger Barb (per you) seems fine after eating. Various articles say to spread food around so all Tiger Barbs get enough to eat. Is it the smallest one? If I get hungary - I am not fit to live with - I would do some more research though and Animal World is a great place o start.
  • Dorian - 2012-02-09
    It is stress... Watch your tank for a bit. See if that fish is getting picked on by another. My smallest green tiger barb was almost white. After I put him in a breeder tank for 72 hrs he came back to fully green color. She still gets picked on by Striker but he knows better than to swim next to him all day long now.
  • Daniel Estrada Estrada - 2012-03-05
    Dorian is correct
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Dorian - 2012-02-09
I have a tiger barb tank. 6 total. (4 regular, 2 green) used to be 3 green but one died. Poor thing. I miss him. I know they say you can mix green and regulars together but since day 1 my regular ones have been picking on the green ones. Striker could of been the cause of the one green one that died. I call my mid size male tiger Striker because that's what he does - goes around and picks on everyone. I put in a bigger male in there and Striker still wins and bullies the other fish in the tank. Of couse I can't give him up because he is the nicest looking fish in the whole tank. Brightest color and most active. I have a red tail shark in there too and Striker loves to piss him off... he picks on him then Thor (Red Tail) chases all the tigers around the tank. Its pretty funny. Striker is such a little devil. The algea eater believe it or not is the most aggressive fish in the tank and he looks the goofiest lol. My talking catfish stays out of sight most of the time and doesn't care about anyone in the tank...

Anyway, tigers are awesome fish... they are little clowns... very nice to look at... just need to watch out they dont go ape shit and kill one another... is better to keep them in larger groups like they said... I'm gonna pick up 2 more tigers for my tank... to make the total 8.

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Ann smart - 2011-04-01
My tiger barbs sonney is a great fishy because of his deep personality like the book Top Hero, Tophero son of smilodon.

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Robin - 2010-06-12
I went from two Tiger Barbs to just one, I bought a ten gallon tank yesterday and will put in more fish today. Is six barbs the max for a ten gallon tank?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-06-12
    If they get to the maximum size (3 inches), it would be too small. Three inches is a really big tiger barb though, I don't know if Ive ever seen one that big! They will probably get to be 2 inches so going by the one inch per gallon rule, 5 would be better.
  • Mike - 2011-01-14
    They'll be fine as long as you keep up with weekly partial water changes (10-15%). I used to keep my 6 Green Tiger Barbs in a 10 gallon until my girlfriend bought me 2 more Regular Tiger Barbs. I have since upgraded to a 55 gallon and bought 6 more Regular Tiger Barbs, so I now have a total of 14. Still planning to add 2 more Green Tigers to even out the numbers.
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Min Thu Aung - 2010-09-16
Tiger barbs are good to keep them in warm weather because cold weather make them get white spotted . Don't worry, put them in a strong concentrated tank of salt for 5 minutes. White spots are surely disappeared in next morning. Thanks a lot.

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  • Lexi - 2010-12-28
    Do you mean ich white spots, or another kind? Please explain.
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Robin - 2010-04-06
I have a three gallon tank with two Tiger barbs. They seemed to be bored until I put a large mirror next to their tank, now they seem happy. Recently I noticed that the bigger barb's nose was reddening while the smaller is not. I am thinking this is the sign of reproduction (as stated in the 'about' section). Should I separate the two?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-04-09
    "The females are larger with a rounder belly and a mainly black dorsal fin while the males have a bright, red nose with a distinct red line above the black on their dorsal fin." From Wikipedia

    And this: "During the courting period, the male will chase the females. When a female Tiger Barb starts releasing her eggs at the spawning site the male will follow her and leave a trail of sperm in the water." (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/breeding/tigerbarbs.php)
  • Lexi - 2010-12-28
    The one with the red nose is probably just maturing, since when you buy them from pet stores they usually are juvenile. You could separate them for 3 or 4 days, put them back together and maybe see some spawning though!
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Jessie - 2007-12-05
I have found much to my amusement that barbs 'bow' to the most dominant. The smaller barbs will tip slightly to their side whenever the top fish swims past them. This is probably because by tipping they are protecting their fins from being nipped by the agressive one, but it still looks funny.

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  • Richard - 2010-11-24
    My Barbs "tip" also. After rough-housing for awhile they all tend to squirrel-up in a corner behind some plants and do the nose dive/tip and just hover there motionless. Kinda cool! Gives every one else in the tank a chance to run around and play.
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spencer - 2010-11-20
The best tankmates for tiger barbs are clown loaches and panda corydoras as these three might shoal together but clown loaches are prone to ich and panda corys are very weak fishes when come to water changes so it is best to keep tiger barbs together with clown loaches just like what I did. I originally had 5 clown loaches with 4 tiger barbs and 2 bala sharks but now I have 6 clown loaches and 6 tiger barbs in which 2 are albino along with 3 bala sharks.

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