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Checkered barb

Picture of Checkered barb, Puntius oligolepis Picture of Checkered barb, Puntius oligolepis
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Common name:Checkered barb, Checker barb, Chequer barb
Scientific name:Puntius oligolepis
Synonyms:Oliotius oligolepis
Size:Up to 5cm (2")
Recommended tank size:75 x 30cm (30 x 12") or larger.
Tank setup:A well-planted tank would be ideal, with open swimming areas at the front.
Compatibility:A peaceful community fish, may be timid in the presence of more boisterous fish. Keep in a shoal.
Temperature:20-25oC (68-77oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft and acidic to moderately hard and alkaline (pH 6.0-7.5).
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted, use flake and granular foods as a staple, supplemented with small live/frozen foods.
Sexing:Males are generally smaller and slimmer, and more brightly coloured with red fins with black edges.
Breeding:An egg-scatterer, the eggs will be eaten by the adults if measures are not taken to prevent this. Eggs should hatch in 24-48 hours.
Comments: An underated barb, probably due to the relatively bland appearance of juveniles, but adults mature into a very attractive fish that is ideal for a peaceful community tank or planted tank.



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