Above: The picture above shows a young pair of premium quality Gold Tiger Barbs, swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us took this picture.
This is a very hardy fish with a beautiful barred pattern and gorgeous colors.
Comments: This is a Premium Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Tiger Barbs like these in any of the live fish stores or in the online stores that we visit.
Premium Pet Fish are more energetic, hardier, and have brighter colors with a beautiful metallic sheen.
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Origin: Their ancestors originally lived in central and southern Sumatra, which is a large island in Asia, that is part of Indonesia.
But now Tiger Barbs are now found living in aquariums throughout most of the world.
Behaviors: Tiger Barbs are active swimmers and are rarely aggressive, but they do energetically quarrel with each other, and they are fin nippers that will nip the fins of Angelfish, Betta Fish, and other slow-moving long-finned fish.
The more Tiger Barbs in your aquarium, the less they seem to nip other fish. Maybe this is because they are more involved in interacting with each other.
But still they may nip on slow swimming fish with long fins.
Maximum Size: In aquariums Tiger Barbs can grow to be about 2.25" long, including their tails. Sometimes very old Tiger Barbs are even bigger.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include other smaller Barbs, Rainbowfish, Danios, Gouramis, and many other small to medium size aquarium fish.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when small and small Premium Pellet Food when larger.
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Water Conditions: Tiger Barbs seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions. Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best.
Most water in the US has a higher pH and is harder but seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 30-gallon aquarium, but bigger is better.
Keep at most one Tiger Barb per gallon, when they're small. Larger Tiger Barbs need about 2 or 3-gallons per Tiger Barb.
Probably the aquarium Tiger Barb is a hybrid of two or more of these species.
By the way, several aquarium fish, including Angelfish, Swordtails, Platys, Mollys, and Serpae Tetras are now thought to be hybrids, and this is nothing to worry about.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
DrTom - 08/15/2015
We have 380-aquariums with lots-and-lots of popular aquarium fish plus lots-and-lots of rare fish!
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"Once in the tank, they became very active and are now thriving in their new home.
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