Striped Barb Tropical Fish Information

Puntius johorensis
Striped Barb
Behaviour Active, peaceful, timid
Typical size 10cm
Max size 12cm
Tank Area Middle, bottom
Min Tank Size 70cm
Min Number in Tank 6
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Striped Barb Puntius johorensis
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Striped Barb (Puntius johorensis)

Striped Barb Tropical Fish Learn all about the Striped 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 Striped Barb is the right fish for your aquarium.

The striped barb is an attractive aquarium fish but it has a very timid nature that must be taken into account. The aquarium should be situated in a position where the fish will not receive sudden visual changes or vibrations (noise, movement - e.g. people suddenly appearing, doors opening etc.). The fish should be kept in groups and given plenty of swimming space and hiding spots. Dense vegetation will increase the fish's confidence. As long as these conditions are provided, the Striped Barb can make an excellent aquarium fish.

Striped Barb Facts

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus fasciatus, B. eugrammus, B. tetrazona johorensis, Puntius fasciatus, P. eugrammus, Systomus johorensis | Other names Zebra Barb, Melon Barb, Stripped Barb | Origin Asia; Malayan peninsula, Borneo | Breeding Dense vegetation, shallow water, and a varied diet will encourage spawning. Fry hatch after 24 hours | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-6.5, soft to medium | Natural Habitat Forest streams, rivers, ditches, shallow waters | Sexing Males are thinner with darker bands. Females are paler with a more pronounced body shape

Striped Barb Help and Advice

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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Striped Barb information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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