Fish spotlight - Tiger Barbs

Tiger barbs (Puntigrus tetrazona)


Tiger barbs are tropical fish, found in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo, Indonesia in the wild but most specimens are now tank bred. They grow between 7 and 10 centimetres and there are many different varieties including the green tiger barb and blushing tiger barb.

They are known as semi-aggresive fish due to their tendency to nip, which means we would advise not keeping them with fish with longer tails such as guppies or siamese fighting fish. They are a shoaling fish so would be best kept in groups together for social reasons.

Tiger barbs are omnivorous and they like a wide variety of food including flake, pellets, vegetable flake and bloodworm.