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Genera : Barbus, Cyclocheilichthys, Leptobarbus
Family : Cyprinidae
Geographic Origin : Asia, Africa.
Common Names : Tinfoil Barb, Lemon Fin Barb, Red-cheeked Barb
Compatibility : These will grow into fish at least 5 inches in length and some up
to 18 inches. They are boisterous and so small fish may be at a
Minimum aquarium size : A 900 x 380 x 300mm (36" x 15" x 12") tank should
be considered as the minimum. For the very large fish,
then tank of at least 1500 x 450 x 380mm (60" x 18"
x 15") will be necessary.
Temperature : Between 20o and 280C is generally considered to be
satisfactory. Some variation is acceptable.
Habitat : Can be found equally in slow moving streams and fast running rivers.
Water Parameters : These fish come from soft water areas but readily adapt
to hard water with no deleterious effects.
Health : Not particularly prone to health problems.
Accidental damage due
to knocking into rockwork may lead to Fungus problems. Treat in a
Diet : Omnivorous. Some species are plant eaters, so research the species
before you buy.
Plants: See above. Others will enjoy a well-planted tank.
Broad-leaved plants, such as Amazon Swordplants (Echinodorus spp)
Breeding Notes : See Breeding Notes for Small Asian Barbs
Availability: Usually some available. Research before purchase to ensure that
the small fish you buy is not going to grow into an 18 inch
Show Class : F.B.A.S. Show Class Ba or B
(Some other 'Barbs' may be classified into Class M).
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