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Puntius oligolepis
Checker barb, Checkered barb, Island barb,
(Bleeker, 1853)

(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

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.

Have you bred Puntius oligolepis? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Puntius oligolepis breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Vegetarian fish Some catfish have a largely vegetarian diet; feed them potato, lettuce, cucumber or blanched peas. Some of these will have to be weighted down, or held in place with a commercially available 'lettuce grip'. As with all fish, do not over feed; remove uneaten vegetable matter after a couple days


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