Longfin Barb
Behaviour Peaceful active schooling fish
Typical size 10cm
Max size 12cm
Tank Area All
Min Tank Size 80cm
Min Number 3
Temp Min: 18℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Longfin Barb Puntius arulius
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Longfin Barb

Puntius arulius

The Longfin barb is an understated aquarium fish due to its often drab colours when young. Given the chance to grow and mature in an aquarium it will develop a highly attractive iridescent body colouration, reddish fins and a long flowing dorsal fin. The longfin barb is a shoaling fish which is best kept in medium to large aquariums with open swimming spaces and hiding spots amongst wood and/or hardy plants. Although it prefers softer water, it will acclimatize easily to a wide range of conditions, including unheated aquaria.

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus arulius, Systomus arulius | Other names Arulius Barb, Silas Barb | Origin Asia, Southern India | Breeding Egg scatterer, spawns near the surface. Difficult to breed, requires a very large densely planted tank. Males show bristles/markings around the face when ready to spawn. | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-7, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Large streams, rivers and lakes | Sexing Males have longer dorsal fins

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