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Olivegreen ufipa barb - Barbus olivaceus

Olivegreen ufipa barb - Barbus olivaceus

Scientific name: Barbus olivaceus

Common name: Olivegreen ufipa barb

Family: Cyprinidae

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.

Short description

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.

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