The tiger barb (Puntius tetrazona) is a popular and hardy freshwater fish that is native to Southeast Asia. It is named for its distinctive black stripes that resemble a tiger's pattern.
Tiger barbs are a schooling fish that prefer to be kept in groups of at least six individuals. They are active and lively fish that can be somewhat aggressive, especially towards slower-moving or long-finned tankmates, so it is best to keep them with other active fish.
In the aquarium, tiger barbs will readily accept a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, and live or frozen foods. They are relatively easy to care for and can adapt to a wide range of water conditions, though they prefer slightly acidic to neutral water with a temperature range of 72-82°F (22-28°C).
Tiger barbs are known for their playful and active behavior, and can be a great addition to a community aquarium with other peaceful and active fish. They can also be kept in a species-only aquarium, provided that the aquarium is large enough to accommodate a school of at least six individuals.