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Morse barb - Barbus sublineatus

Morse barb - Barbus sublineatus

Scientific name: Barbus sublineatus

Common name: Morse barb

Family: Cyprinidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 7 - 10 cm (2.76 - 3.94 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.7 - 7.7

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 11 - 21°N (196.43 - 375ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Morse barbs will accept all foods offered, use a quality flake for the staple diet but give these fish treats of live or frozen foods in the form of brine shrimp or blood worm. For vegetable matter add spirulina flake or algae wafers to the diet.


Africa; The Niger river.


Males tend to be more slender than the females; the females will have a stockier body shape.


Add spawning mops or Java moss to the breeding tank and subdue the lighting. The parents will normally spawn at day break and will scatter the eggs around the tank. Once spawning is complete, remove the parents and once the fry are free swimming they can be fed on Infusoria initially.


The expected life span for Morse barb is 3-5 years.

Short description

Barbus sublineatus are best kept in small groups of at least 6 specimens. Try not to keep them with tank mates that have long, flowing fins as they can be fin nippers if tempted.


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