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Green Tiger Barb

green tiger barb

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Scientific Name:   Puntius tetrazona      
Min. Tank Size:   30 gallons      
Personality:   Semi-aggressive      
Temperature:   70-79°F      
pH:   6.0-8.0/5-20°dGH      
Size:   3"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Tiger Barbs and other Cyprinids, Tetras, Platies, Mollies, Swordtails, Catfish, and Clown Loaches. Tiger Barbs are fin nippers so it's best to avoid adding any tankmates with long fins such as Angelfish, Gouramis or Bettas.

Green Tiger Barb

One of several color variants of the Tiger Barb, Green Tiger Barbs are also known as Moss-Banded or Moss Barbs. This color morph is not found in the wild - it is a hybrid captive bred by breeders in order to achieve a fluorescent green or blue/green coloration. Green Tiger Barbs differ in appearance from regular Tiger Barbs in that the characteristic vertical black stripes are missing. This color morph also tends to have all-black fins rather than the red fins of regular Tiger Barbs.

Tank Set-up

These fish thrive best in groups of six or more and can be added to shoals of regular Tiger Barbs in order to show off their coloration. In groups, these fish can be very playful and active, making them a joy to watch in the home aquarium. Green Tiger Barbs are hardy fish that can adapt to a variety of water conditions but they prefer soft, slightly acidic water. Subdued lighting and dense planting will help these fish to show their best colors.


In the wild, Green Tiger Barbs are omnivores, feeding on a variety of small invertebrates as well as plant matter. In the home aquarium, these fish should be given high-quality dried foods such as brine shrimp and tubifex worms along with fresh vegetables and algae flakes or wafers. You may also supplement the diet of these fish with live and frozen Daphnia or Artemia. To ensure the best health and coloration of this species feed a varied diet on a regular basis.


Green Tiger Barbs are egg layers that are moderately easy to breed in the home aquarium. These fish can be bred in shoals but, to salvage the fry, it is best to set up a separate breeding tank and to remove the parents after spawning. The breeding tank should be kept at a neutral pH and a temperature between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Following spawning, the eggs typically hatch in 24 to 48 hours and the fry become free-swimming after another 24 hours.

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