Oliotius oligolepis

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Cyprinidae
Origin : Sumatra
Length : 5 cm - 2"
Min.length aquarium : 60 cm - 24"
English name : Checkerboard Barb
Active and peaceful schooling fish that can be kept in a community aquarium.  The aquarium  should be planted on the sides and background with robust plants. This fish needs lots of large open swimming areas. The substrate should be dark to bring out the colours of this fish.

The fish is omnivorous, so you should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.  Some of the food should be vegetable like algae.

Breeding is not difficult.  Up to 300 eggs are laid between fine leafed plants.  Because the fish is an egg eater you should remove the parents after spawning. After 36-48 hours the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them fine infusoria and a few days later baby brine shrimp.


Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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