African Banded Barb Tropical Fish Information

Barbus fasciolatus
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)

African Banded Barb Tropical Fish Learn all about the African Banded Barb's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the African Banded Barb is the right fish for your aquarium.

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.

African Banded Barb Facts

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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