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|Description of the Tiger Barb|
The Tiger Barb also known as the Sumatra Barb is a freshwater tropical fish from the Minnow family. It is distinguished by its orange/gold color with striking black bands. They can be an aggressive fish and 'nip' the fins of other species so don't make an ideal community fish.
Picture of a Tiger Barb
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Popular Name: Tiger Barb
Species: Puntius tetrazona
Profile of the Tiger Barb
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Tiger Barb species.
Size: Up to 6cm
Fish Tank conditions: 25-27 Degrees. PH 6-8
Temperament: Can be aggressive to other species
Diet / Feeding: Brine Shrimp, Dried, Frozen or Flaked Food
Habitat: Shallow waters of fast flowing streams
Behaviour: Keep in schools of at least six to minimise aggressive behaviour
Scientific Classification of the Tiger Barb
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.
Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Tiger Barb?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Tiger Barb slimy?
Tiger Barb secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Tiger Barb to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Tiger Barb have gills?
Gills enable the Tiger Barb to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why do the Tiger Barb have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:
Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Tiger Barb has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement.
Facts About Tropical Fish - Did you know.....
The Indo-Pacific Dwarf Goby (12-19mm long) is the smallest fish in the world
The Whale Shark is the largest fish in the world
The Sailfish is the fastest fish in the world
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Tropical Fish - Top Tips - Did you know....
Some tropical fish are not good for community tanks! Ask your local pet store before you buy new fish for your tank.
Aquariums need filters, pumps and heaters in order to mimic the fishes natural ecosystem.