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Albino Tiger Barb
(Puntius tetrazona)
Quick Care FactsCare Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Maximum Size: 3"
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
Water Conditions: 75-82° F, KH 5-19, pH 6.0-7.8
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Southeast Asia
Family: Cyprinidae
Species: Barbs
Aquarium Type: Community
Species Information
Albino Tiger Barbs are an albino variant of the popular Tiger Barb, that throughout years of selective breeding have become very common within the aquarium hobby. With the exception of their albino coloration, the Albino Tiger Barb maintains all the same traits as the common Tiger Barb. In the wild Tiger Barbs are found living in a variety of natural tropical settings including clear shallow waters, turbid flowing streams and shallow murky waters.
Due to this variety of settings, the Tiger Barb has developed a wide tolerance to many varied water conditions. They will do well in an aquarium setup with warm tropical waters, with a pH of 6.0-8.0, a water hardness of 5-19 dGH, and either calm water or moderately turbid water currents. Albino Tiger Barbs do not grow too large, attaining a maximum size of about 3 inches in length.
With their attractive coloration and pattern, wide tolerance for various aquarium conditions and relatively long life span of 5 to 7 years, the Albino Tiger Barb has become an aquarium hobbyist favorite and can be found in practically all aquarium pet stores.
Aquarium Care
In the aquarium environment the Albino Tiger Barb is an active brightly colored species that will generally be found swimming at lower and mid levels of the aquarium. They have a reputation as being fin nippers; however, this reputation is somewhat unfair as barbs in general exhibit this as part of their natural behavior. It is important to keep Albino Tiger Barbs in groups of 4 or more, so that they can swim as a group and nip at each other instead of other aquarium species.
Albino Tiger Barbs will not injure each other with this behavior as it is something barb do amongst themselves and are well equipped for this type of behavior. The nipping only becomes a problem when Albino Tiger Barbs are kept singularly or in too small of numbers (less than four) that they may nip at others in the aquarium who can have their fins injured by this behavior. Albino Tiger Barbs will do best in aquariums that are brightly lit with a good amount of vegetation and some moderate water currents.
While they can be kept with all but the most shy of species, they are well suited to coexist well with other boisterous species like loaches, catfish, danios and other species of barbs. Ultimately, the key to successfully owning this barb species is to keep them in good sized groups (6 plus members) and provide them with plenty of mid-level plants and driftwood that they can playfully swim about.
Feeding & Nutrition
Albino Tiger Barbs are true omnivores and will readily accept a variety of flake, crisp, freeze-dried, frozen or live foods. A typical tropical species staple flake will satisfy their complete nutritional needs; however, they can be offered bloodworms, brine or other similar foodstuffs to give them some variety in their diet.
Breeding Information
Albino Tiger Barbs usually attain sexual maturity at around 1.5 inches in total length, or approximately 2 months of age. The females are larger with a more rounded stomach 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. As egg-layers, they tend to spawn several hundred eggs in a suitable area of plants, with around 300 eggs being the norm for a mature breeding population.
The eggs are adhesive and will stay stuck to the plants where they were laid. Albino Tiger Barbs will eat their own eggs, so it is important to remove the parents after spawning to prevent them from eating the eggs. As they are a selectively bred recessive gene variant, they will need to be bred with other Albino Tiger Barbs to continue to increase the likely hood of producing albino offspring.
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