Green Tiger Barbs Care


Welcome to our Aquarist and Fishkeeping Expert’s blog post on Green Tiger Barbs! This freshwater fish is a beautiful addition to any aquarium and is known for its striking green and black stripes. Green Tiger Barbs are relatively easy to care for and make a great choice for beginner aquarists. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about Green Tiger Barbs, including their natural habitat, diet, and tank mates.

Green Tiger Barbs Care Tips in Brief

Green Tiger Barb fish are a beautiful addition to any aquarium. They are relatively easy to care for, but there are a few things to keep in mind to keep them healthy and happy. Here are some tips on how to care for Green Tiger Barb fish.


Green tiger barbs typically have a lifespan of 5 to 7 years. However, some green tiger barbs have been known to live up to 10 years with proper care. In the wild, green tiger barbs typically have a shorter lifespan due to predation and other environmental factors.


Green tiger barbs are a beautiful freshwater fish that are popular among aquarists. They are named for their distinctive green coloration with black stripes running vertically along their bodies. Green tiger barbs grow to an average size of 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) and are a peaceful community fish.

Average Tiger Barb Size

Tiger barbs typically grow to be 2-3 inches in length. However, some individuals may grow slightly larger or smaller depending on their genetics and environment. When kept in captivity, green tiger barbs typically live for 5-8 years.

Tank Size

Green tiger barbs are a schooling fish, so they should be kept in groups of six or more. A 20-gallon tank is the minimum size recommended for keeping green tiger barbs.

Water Parameters

As with all fish, green tiger barbs need clean water to stay healthy. Aquariums should be kept clean and the water quality should be tested regularly. The following are the ideal water parameters for green tiger barbs:

pH: 6.5-7.5

Ammonia: 0 ppm

Nitrite: 0 ppm

Nitrate: 20-40 ppm

Temperature: 72-82 degrees Fahrenheit

Green tiger barbs are relatively tolerant of water conditions, but it is still important to maintain good water quality. If you notice your fish behaving strangely or looking sick, test the water and make sure the parameters are within the ideal range.

Common Possible Diseases

Green tiger barbs are a hardy fish species, but like all fish, they are susceptible to a number of diseases. The most common diseases seen in green tiger barbs include:

* Ich (Ichthyophthirius multifiliis): Also known as “white spot disease”, ich is a very common parasitic infection that can affect all fish, regardless of species. Symptoms include white spots on the body, fins, and gills, as well as increased scratching and flashing. Ich can be treated with a number of different medications, but the key to successful treatment is to catch it early.

* Fin Rot: Fin rot is a bacterial infection that affects the fins and tail of a fish. Symptoms include fraying or rotting of the fins and tail, as well as increased scratching. Fin rot can be treated with a number of different antibiotics, but again, the key is to catch it early.

* Columnaris (Flavobacterium columnare): Columnaris is a bacterial infection that affects the skin and gills of a fish. Symptoms include ulcerations on the skin, fraying of the fins, and increased scratching. Columnaris can be treated with a number of different antibiotics, but once again, the key is to catch it early.

If you notice any of these symptoms in your green tiger barbs, it’s important to take action immediately. The sooner you catch and treat a disease, the better the chances are for a successful recovery.

Food & Diet

Green Tiger Barbs are omnivorous and will accept a wide variety of food items. In the wild, they are known to feed on small invertebrates, algae, and plant matter. In the aquarium, they will readily accept flake food, pellets, freeze-dried foods, live foods, and vegetables.

It is important to provide a varied diet to ensure optimal health and growth. A diet that consists predominantly of live foods can lead to obesity and health problems.

Green Tiger Barbs are not fussy eaters, but they do prefer live foods. Live foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia are great choices. Freeze-dried foods are also a good option and can be offered as a treat.

Vegetables should also be offered as part of their diet. Zucchini, spinach, and cucumber are all great choices. Be sure to chop or shred the vegetables into small pieces so that the Green Tiger Barbs can easily eat them.

As with all fish, it is important to avoid overfeeding. Only offer as much food as the fish can consume in a few minutes. Remove any uneaten food to prevent water quality issues.

Behavior & Temperament

Green tiger barbs are a lively, active fish that are well known for their playful antics and voracious appetites. They are a schooling fish that does best in groups of 6 or more, and will often squabble amongst themselves if kept in too small of a group. They are also known to be fin nippers, so it is best to keep them with other peaceful fish that have similar sized fins.

Green tiger barbs are generally a hardy fish, but can be prone to stress and disease if kept in poor water conditions. They are also known to be jumpers, so a well-covered aquarium is a must. Overall, green tiger barbs are a fun and relatively easy to care for fish that make a great addition to any community aquarium.

Tiger Barb Tank Mates

Tiger barbs are a schooling fish, so they do best when kept in groups of 6 or more. They are also quite active, so tank mates that can keep up with them are ideal. Some good choices for tiger barb tank mates include:

  • Other schooling fish like neon tetras, danios, or rasboras
  • Peaceful bottom dwelling fish like Corydoras catfish or loaches
  • Fast moving, mid-level swimmers like angels or gouramis

When choosing tank mates for tiger barbs, it is important to avoid fish that are slow moving or peaceful to the point of being timid. Tiger barbs are known to be nippy, and they may harass or even bully more passive fish. It is also important to avoid fish that are much larger than tiger barbs, as they may view them as potential prey.


Green tiger barbs are easy to breed in the aquarium. They are egg layers and will usually lay their eggs on the plants in the aquarium. The eggs will hatch in about 24-48 hours and the fry will be free swimming a few days after that. The fry can be fed baby brine shrimp or other small live foods. If you are planning on raising the fry, it is best to remove the parents from the tank after they have spawned.

Green Tiger Barbs: Interesting Facts & Stats

  • Green tiger barbs are a freshwater fish that is native to Southeast Asia. 
  • They are a popular fish for aquariums because of their vibrant color and active personality. 
  • Green tiger barbs grow to be about 2-3 inches in length and have a lifespan of 5-8 years. 
  • They prefer to live in groups of 6 or more and need a tank that is at least 20 gallons. 
  • Green tiger barbs are omnivores and their diet should consist of both meat and plants. 
  • Common health problems for green tiger barbs include fin rot and ich.


Are Green Tiger Barbs Aggressive?

No, green tiger barbs are not aggressive. They are a peaceful species of fish that gets along well with other fish in the aquarium.

How big does a green tiger barbs get?

Green tiger barbs grow to between 2 and 3 inches in length.

How long do green tiger barbs live?

The lifespan of a green tiger barb is typically around 5 to 7 years, although some have been known to live up to 10 years with proper care.

How many green tiger barbs should be kept together?

You can keep green tiger barbs together in a group of six or more.

Can green tiger barbs live alone?

While tiger barbs are social creatures that do best in groups, they can technically live alone. However, it is not recommended to keep just one tiger barb since they are known to be nippy and may harass other fish in the tank. It is best to keep at least six tiger barbs together so they can school and stay occupied.

Final Thoughts

Green tiger barbs are a beautiful and popular freshwater fish. They are relatively easy to care for and make a great addition to any aquarium. However, they can be aggressive towards other fish and should only be kept with fish that can hold their own.


[Revised and Updated for July, 2019]
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Written by Debra Hutchinson, founder of FishXperts

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