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Checker barb, Checkered barb, Island barb,
(Other members of the genus Puntius)
ADULT SIZE: 5 cm
WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C
FOOD: Feed Puntius oligolepis small live-foods and fine grade dried foods. Not a fussy eater; some vegetable component appreciated
DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Indonesia
Current price: $27.99
Time left: 18d 1h 9m
Current price: $2.83
Time left: 11d 10h 43m
AQUARIUM CARE: A well known and easy to keep species, suitable for an active community aquarium; it's name reflecting the checkered patterning of the black-edged scales. The checker barb hails from the island of Sumatra, Indonesia.
A good community fish, if kept away from delicate species. As a shoaler should be kept in groups, preferably larger to avoid too much bickering.
BREEDING: Sexing fish is easy: males have redder fins with black edges, whilst females are more rounded in shape. The checker barb is an egg scatterer and can be bred over marbles or using a long term approach. The fry are small and will require paramoecium or other infusoria as a first food.