Olivegreen ufipa barb - Barbus olivaceus
Scientific name: Barbus olivaceus
Common name: Olivegreen ufipa barb
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 16°N (107.14 - 285.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 82.4°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
As most barbs do, Olivegreen ufipa barbs will accept all foods offered, giving them an occasional treat of live or frozen foods will definitely benefit them. Also include some vegetable matter in their diet.
These species of fish originate from the African continent, namely the rivers of Tanzania.
There are no visible signs for sexing these fish.
Barbs are egg scatterers and they can be laid all over the tank, on plants, on the substrate, because of this they may be hard to find. Move the pair into the breeding tank in the evening, this gives them time to settle ready for courting and spawning through the night. The eggs will be dull rather than shiny and should hatch after 24 hours. The fry should be fed initially with Infusoria twice a day, moving onto newly hatched brine shrimp after a week.
If given the correct water conditions, Olivegreen ufipa barbs should live up to 5 years of age.
Some species of barbs are notoriously aggressive, but this species are relatively peaceful and do well in a community tank. Barbus olivaceus are best kept in small groups and fed a varied diet to keep them in good health. They are middle swimmers so slow sinking feeds should be added to the tank.