Common Name: African Banded Barb, Fire Barb.
Scientific Name: Barbus fasciolatus.
Max size: 6cm
Origin: Central, Southern Africa.
pH Range: 5.5 - 7.0
Temperature: 20 - 26°C
Temperament with same species: Peaceful.
Temperament with other species: Peaceful.
Tank Level: Top to Mid Levels.
Lifespan: 5 years.
Aquarium Setup: They naturally inhabit the bays and shallows of lakes and floodplain lagoons and are also found in rainforest streams and rivers. The waters in which they inhabit are slow flow, heavy vegetation and have a high oxygen content. Their substrate should be a fine dark gravel, with some rocks and stones. Submerged driftwood and freshwater plants will provide some shelter and a supplemental food source. However, these fish do like wide open space for swimming, so their tank should not be to heavily planted. The plants are best placed at the sides and corners of the tank, leaving the center open for free swimming. African Banded Barbs are best kept in schools of 6 to 10 or more.
Sexing: Mature males develop a more intense colour pattern than females. Adult females tend to grow a little larger, are heavier bodied, and less colourful.
Breeding: The breeding tank should contain soft/acidic water, fine leaved plants, and some marbles or a spawning grid on the bottom, which will allow the eggs to drop safely out of the parents reach. To acquire a suitable breeding pair, put at least 6 to 8 possible breeders in to the tank and condition them with live foods for a few days. Once a suitable breeding pair has been established, move the rest out. The female will scatter her eggs, which the male will immediately fertilize. At this time the breeding pair should be removed to prevent the parents from damaging the eggs.
* Africa Banded Barb * 20,000 KHR
African Banded Barb
Max Size 6cm Community Safe Yes pH Range
5.5 - 7.0
Diet Type Omnivore Min Tank Size Small - Medium Temperature Range 20 - 26°C Care Level Easy