Checkered barb - Puntius oligolepis
Scientific name: Puntius oligolepis
Common name: Checkered barb
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 26 °C (68 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Checkered barb will accept all flakes or pellets, add some live foods like brine shrimp in the diet. It will also enjoy some spirulina in the diet.
Checkered barbs are to be found in Sumatra and Colombia.
Males will display more of the red coloration; the females will often display a more yellowish background.
These are egg scatterers so a spawning mop should be included in the breeding tank. They will eat the eggs if given the chance; remove the parents straight after spawning. The eggs should hatch after 24 hours and the fry can be fed on Infusoria initially.
Expected lifespan of 2- 4 years but some have been known to live much longer.
Plenty of swimming space should be provided for Puntius oligolepis, the tank décor should be placed at the rear of the tank. They are best kept in groups but the males may disagree. It is very rare for any damage to occur in these cases.
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