Dwarf barb - Puntius phutunio
Scientific name: Puntius phutunio
Common name: Dwarf barb
Usual size in fish tanks: 7 - 8 cm (2.76 - 3.15 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7.1
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: East Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Dwarf barbs are omnivorous; they will accept all foods offered. Vegetable matter should be included in the diet.
Asia, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.
The males are slimmer than the females and have a more brightly colored tail.
Dwarf barbs prefer to breed in green water with subdued lighting. It can be quite difficult to get them to pair but once they do they will lay batches of eggs after a display of fast swimming around the tank. The eggs should hatch after 24-30 hours and the fry will become free swimming a few days later. They can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or Infusoria.
Puntius phutunio have a relatively short life span of 2 years.
Puntius phutunio are very inquisitive and should not be kept with long finned tank mates as they are known to be fin nippers. They should be kept in groups of at least 6 fish.
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