African Banded Barb
Behaviour Peaceful, lively, shoaling, timid
Typical size 4cm
Max size 6cm
Tank Area Middle, bottom
Min Tank Size 60cm
Min Number 6
Temp Min: 20℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, dried, frozen, live foods
pH Range 5.5-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m
African banded barb Barbus fasciolatus
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African Banded Barb

Barbus fasciolatus

This smallish barb is a great addition to a well planted soft water aquarium. The fish is shy and timid so must be kept in groups and given plenty of darker hiding spots and vegetation. Soft, acidic water and a varied diet will ensure good health and colour. Given good conditions, the fish will become active and lively and their markings will ensure a distinctive place in a peaceful community tank.

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus faciolatus, B. barilioides, Barbodes fasciolatus, B. barilioides, Puntius fasciolatus, P. barilioides, Capoeta barilioides | Other names Blue Barred Barb, Angola Barb, Angolan Barb, Barred Barb, Orange Barb, Red Barb, Tiger Barb | Origin Africa; Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Katanga | Breeding Egg scatterer; eggs attach to plants | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-6.5, soft to medium | Natural Habitat Heavily vegetated and well oxygenated floodplains and channels | Sexing Males are more slender

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