Barbus fasciolatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cyprinidae
Origin : Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Length : 5 cm - 2"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Blue-Barred Barb
Lively, peaceful fish that like a dimmed light. That brings out the colours of the fish.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  It is not recommendable to use fine leaved plants.  In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space.  This fish is frightened quickly.

They are omnivorous but they prefer live food.

Breeding is not easy. They spawn in a separate tank with a lot of plants.  After spawning the parents should be removed.  The eggs hatch after 2 days and after another 3 days the young fishes are swimming free.  You can raise them with dustfood such as paramecia and rotifers and a few days later with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Hans Meulblok

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