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Puntius tetrazona 'albino'(Albino Tiger Barb, Barbus tetrazona)
Albino barbs are similar to common tiger barbs in shape and also have red fins, but their bodies are pale and unmarked with the black bands typical of the species. As with common tiger barbs, they are energetic and social fish that need to be kept in a group of six or more. Prone to fin-nipping, so should only be mixed with other fast-moving species including barbs, tetras, and rainbowfish. Do not keep with angelfish, guppies, or gouramis.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Tiger barbs are popular aquarium fish, and juveniles especially are active and entertaining. Adults tend to be a bit more laid back, even lazy (except at feeding time).
However, they are confirmed fin-nippers, and must be kept in decent sized groups, at least six, and preferably more than ten. If kept in too small a group, they can attack one another to the point of harming or even killing weaker members of the group. Even when kept properly, they sometimes attack other species of fish. Long-finned species like guppies, angelfish, bettas, and gouramis are especially at risk. They do mix well with other barbs, rainbowfish, characins, and any other fast-moving but peaceful species.
If you do decide to try and breed these fish it is a good idea to buy a group and wait until a pair form. Place a pair in their own breeding tank and condition them on a good and varied diet, e.g frozen blood worm, brine shrimp and good quality flake foods. They also like some vegetable matter.
The females are less colourful and more rounded when they are ripe with eggs. The fish will scatter the eggs amongst the plants and the male will follow and fertilise the eggs. It is a good idea to remove both parents after spawning to remove the risk of the parents eating the eggs. The eggs should hatch in around 24 hours and the fry will be free swimming after two to three days when they should be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp and other fry foods.
|Distribution||Indonesia, Sumatra, Borneo, Thailand|
|Water Parameters||Soft, acidic water preferred, but adaptable.|
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|Amwell Aquatics - Epping||Epping||CM16 6LX|
|Maidenhead Aquatics@ St Albans||Hertfordshire||AL2 1DL|
|Maidenhead Aquatics @ Crowland||Peterborough||PE6 0JB|
|Maidenhead Aquatics @ Lincoln||Lincoln||LN6 9BY|
|Aquahome Aquatic Centre||Lancashire||PR25 5XW|
|World of Water - Manchester||Cheshire.||WA15 7PJ|
|The WaterZoo||Peterborough||PE1 2PE|
|Woodford Aquatics||London||E18 1EJ|
|Aquatic Design Centre||London||SW12 0PS|
|Wholesale Tropicals||London||E2 0AA|
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