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African banded barb

Picture of African banded barb, Barbus fasciolatus Picture of African banded barb, Barbus fasciolatus
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Common name:African banded barb, Angola barb
Scientific name:Barbus fasciolatus
Synonyms:Barbodes fasciolatus, Barbodes barilioides
Origin:Central, east and southern Africa
Size:Up to 6cm (2.5")
Recommended tank size:75 x 30cm (30 x 12") or larger.
Tank setup:A well-planted tank would be ideal, with shading from taller or floating plants, and some open swimming areas at the front.
Compatibility:A generally peaceful community fish, that should be kept in a group, which will establish its own pecking order.
Temperature:21-26oC (70-79oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft and acidic preferred (pH 6.0-7.0), but captive-bred fish generally do fine in slightly hard and alkaline water.
Feeding:Mostly an insectivore, but will take flake and granular foods, which should be supplemented with small live/frozen foods such as daphnia and brine shrimp.
Sexing:Males are more brightly coloured with a slimmer build.
Breeding:An egg scatterer, no parental care occurs. Will spawn among fine leaved-plants.
Comments: A striking barb that deserves to be more popular in the hobby.



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