Checkered Barb
Behaviour Mild mannered and peaceful, males may 'display fight'
Typical size 4cm
Max size 5cm
Tank Area Middle, bottom
Min Tank Size 45cm
Min Number 3
Temp Min: 20℃ Max: 24℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8
Hardness s,m,h,vh
Checkered Barb Puntius oligolepis
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Checkered Barb

Puntius oligolepis

The Checkered Barb is a small peaceful barb, which shows its best colours once it has been well settled in an aquarium. Its appearance whilst in a shops sales tank can be a little drab but given a good aquarium environment, any specimens will turn out as good as the best individuals on sale. The small size of the fish makes it ideal for smaller tanks where detail is everything. Provide dense planted areas and open swimming spaces. Will acclimatize well to water conditions outside of its natural range. Keep in groups of three or more. A good tankmate for timid fish.

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus oliogolepis, Capoeta oligolepis, Systomus oligolepis | Other names Checker Barb, Checkerboard Barb, Chequer Barb, Iridescent Barb, Island Barb | Origin Asia; Sumatra, Indonesia | Breeding Spawns on plants near the surface. Fry hatch after two days | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-7 | Natural Habitat Rivers, lakes, streams, small pools | Sexing Males are larger and brighter coloured with red-brown fins edged with black. Females are more yellow-brown

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