Three more Tiger types
Besides the standard issue Tiger barb, at least three other varieties are commonly seen in aquarium shops – the Moss barb, the Albino tiger barb and the Gold tiger barb.
The Moss barb is probably the most popular of these and gets its name from the mossy-green colouration that covers most of the body between the gill covers and the base of the tail. Some strains have the orangey-red fins and snouts of Tiger barbs, but others have black fins and black faces instead.
The Albino tiger barb is not quite a colourless Tiger, since most strains still have the orangey-red shade on their snouts, dorsal fins, ventral fins and the edges of their tail fins. But instead of green and black on their fins and flanks, the body is pale pink, with even paler vertical bands on the flanks. Like all albino fish, they have pinkish-red eyes.
Gold tiger barbs are similar to Albinos in some ways, but with black eyes, not pink. They can be quite variable – most have orangey-yellow flanks with pale, almost off-white vertical bands, but some strains are silvery toned. Their fins are edged with orange, just like regular Tiger barbs.
You might also see long-finned versions of any of these Tiger barb varieties, but whether they’re a good choice is debatable, given their boisterous, sometimes nippy behaviour. In any case, while the various Tiger types might look different to us, they will all school together if kept in the same tank.