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The Tiger Barb Longfin (Puntius tetrazona) is a small, colorful freshwater fish species. It is one variant of Tiger Barb, which can be found in South-east Asia. Tiger Barb Longfins has similar pattern and coloration as its predecessor. The biggest difference between this fish and its parentage is that the Longfin Tiger Barb has longer fins. They prefer clear, highly oxygenated water. An ideal aquarium fish for a community tank.

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Features of Longfin Tiger Barb's:

  • Short rounded body orange in colour with black vertical stripes
  • Long flowing fins
  • Females have deeper and rounder bodies than males
  • Occupy the mid water column
  • Hardy species that tolerate broad water conditions
  • Best kept in groups of 6 or more
  • Tiger Barbs have a lifespan of 5-7yrs
  • Grows up to 7cm

Longfin Tiger Barb : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Longfin Tiger Barbs:

Longfin Tiger barbs are very active fish, although slightly slower swimmers due to their long fins. They need at least 70L tank to keep a small group of them. If keeping a large group, consider a larger aquarium. They are keen jumpers, so ensure a secure lid on your aquarium. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Avoid keeping Longfin tiger barbs in the same aquarium with docile, slow-moving, or long or flowing-finned fish, such as the angelfish, guppies or bettas, and do not keep with other fin nipping species. They can be mildy aggressive and display bullying behaviour if kept singularly or in too small of a school. They are best in a large group, and can be a number of different tiger barb varieties.

Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Longfin Tiger Barb:

Longfin Tiger Barb Diet :

Longfin Tiger barbs are omnivores and are accepting of almost any food, tiger barbs should be given a variety of foods. Feed a quality pelleted or flake food, in addition to live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms. They will also consume vegetable matter. 

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Longfin Tiger Barb Tank Set-up

Aquarium Filtration for Longfin Tiger Barbs

Longfin Tiger barbs prefer crystal clear and clean water. When selecting an aquarium filter consider the size of your aquarium and ensure adequate volume to maintain clean water. They are a hardy species and tolerate broad water parameters but do best in clean water. Sponge filters and hang on filters are suitable, cannister filters are a great option for medium to large aquariums.

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Aquarium Plants for Longfin Tiger Barb:

They are active swimmers and look great darting in and around live aquarium plants. Silk and plastic plants are also a great option to add life to your aquarium.

Great aquarium plants to consider include:
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Aquarium Lighting for Longfin Tiger Barbs

Tiger barbs are not fussy when it comes to lighting and do not have specific requirements. Aquarium lighting is necessary for the photosynthesis required for healthy aquarium plants. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Longfin Tiger Barbs

Tiger barbs occupy to middle water column and do not have substrate preferences. Aquarium gravel, sand and pebbles are all options. If planting live aquarium plants, aquarium soils can be used under a layer of gravel or sand for optimum plant fertilization and growth.

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Additional Information

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