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GREEN TIGER BARB (Puntius Tetrazona. Var)

GREEN TIGER BARB (Puntius Tetrazona. Var)

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The commonly available and popular Green Tiger Barb is one of the most notable color morphs of the Tiger Barb Puntius tetrazona. This variety is truly striking with its deep fluorescent green or blue-green body coloring. When mature, its colors do tend to fade a bit, but a school of these playful and attractive fish makes an awesome display in a nice-sized aquarium. Some other common names for this fish are Moss Green Tiger Barb, Green Moss Tiger Barb, Moss-Banded Barb, Moss Barb, Platinum Green Tiger Barb, Moss Green Platinum Tiger Barb, and Blue Tiger Barb.

Like its predecessors, this green variety makes a very good fish for the beginning aquarist and is enjoyed by advanced aquarists as well. Their aquarium needs, care, and feeding are the same as their parentage. They are quite hardy as long as their water is kept clean with regular water changes. They are lively and active so need plenty of room to swim. The aquarium can be planted around the sides and back of the tank to give them lots of open swimming area in the middle.

These very active, fast swimming fish need to be kept in a school. Though they are playful, they can be nippy with their tankmates. These barbs do best in a group of at least 6 or 7 and will establish a "pecking order." They are most prone to nipping when they are kept individually or in a smaller group. In a larger school, they are too busy chasing each other to bother with their other tankmates. Still, they should not be kept with slow-swimming or long-finned fishes, such as gouramis and angelfish, but will do very well in a community tank with other active species. Kept singly, they can become aggressive.

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