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 in Tank 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
  • African banded barb Barbus fasciolatus - thumbnail

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

African Banded Barb Help and Advice

If you have a question about keeping African Banded Barb's then please use our African Banded Barb help forum. Join 100's of other fish enthusiasts with 1000's of years experience between them caring for and keeping fish like these.

question mark     

Check tank mates for the African Banded Barb fish species

You are in the thinkfish community creator for the African Banded Barb fish species, you can learn all about how the tool works in assessing fish tank mate compatibility at the link provided or use the tool tips provided to guide you. Create a test fish community that includes the African Banded Barb species and any other types of fish or crustacean you'd like to introduce - You can assess the best companions, tank size suitability, stocking levels based on filter type and volume and possible negative interactions and warnings as you build up your aquarium.

Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the African Banded Barb information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
Tank Details
question mark  Rename your tank:
question mark  Length: (cm)
question mark  Volume: (Litres)
question mark  Filter type:

* Recent changes to stocking & filter advice October 2018
* This fishtank will only last for this session - to save your tank please Join/Log in

question mark  Max Stocking level: 0cm
0-1 months 20%: 0cm
1-3 months 40%: 0cm
3-6 months 60%: 0cm
question mark  Current stock level: 0cm
Stock percentage: 0%
question mark  Suggested maximum
fish size for your tank:
My Fishtank Quantity Stock cm

There are currently no fish in your fish tank. To add fish, you can click the 'Add the African Banded Barb to your tank' button. Or search for a different fish using the options presented above

sample fish tank
See an example tank as it would show on a user profile with enabled settings and community tanks.

To save your tank details in the Fish Community Creator you must be logged in CLICK HERE to login or create an account further down the page below

If you'd like to talk about the "African Banded Barb" with our users, then we have a buzzing community of fish enthusiasts where you can talk about tank issues, African Banded Barb fish behaviour, African Banded Barb tank stocking and any other issues related to the African Banded Barb fish or other types you may have.

Help us keep great tools like this online by becoming a think fish supporter . You will help with our hosting and development costs. From as little as £1.16 per month - Become a Supporter today

Click to read the Latest Tropical Fish discussions from Thinkfish users.

Think Fish Tropical Fish Forum
Tropical Fish Market Place
Fish of the month

Helping Fishkeepers With Their Fishkeeping Needs Since 2006