African Banded Barb - Enteromius fasciolatus

African Banded Barb - Enteromius fasciolatus

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African Banded Barb - Enteromius fasciolatus

Product Description:

The African Banded Barb (Enteromius fasciolatus), also known as the African Barred Barb or Zebra Barb, is a vibrant and lively freshwater fish that adds a splash of color to any aquarium. Recognized for its distinctive black vertical stripes against a silver-golden body, this species is a favorite among aquarists for its active behavior and striking appearance.

Key Features:

1. Distinctive Appearance: The African Banded Barb boasts a sleek, elongated body adorned with prominent black vertical bands. Its shimmering silver-golden scales enhance its visual appeal, making it a standout addition to any community tank.

2. Active and Social: This species is known for its active swimming and playful nature. African Banded Barbs are social fish that thrive in schools, adding dynamic movement and a sense of liveliness to the aquarium.

3. Hardy and Adaptable: African Banded Barbs are resilient and can adapt to a wide range of water conditions, making them an excellent choice for both novice and experienced aquarists.

Care Instructions:

  • Tank Size: Provide a minimum tank size of 20 gallons to accommodate a small school of African Banded Barbs. Larger tanks are recommended for larger schools or mixed-species setups.

  • Aquarium Setup: Create a well-planted tank with open swimming areas and plenty of hiding spots. Use a mix of live plants, rocks, and driftwood to replicate their natural habitat.

  • Feeding: Offer a varied diet that includes high-quality flake or pellet food, supplemented with live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms. This ensures balanced nutrition and enhances their vibrant coloration.

  • Water Parameters: Maintain stable water conditions with a temperature range of 72-78°F (22-26°C), pH between 6.5-7.5, and hardness between 5-15 dGH.

  • Tank Mates: Compatible with a variety of peaceful community fish such as tetras, rasboras, and other small barbs. Avoid housing with aggressive or fin-nipping species to prevent stress and injury.

Difficulty: Easy, suitable for beginner aquarists.

Maximum Size: African Banded Barbs can grow up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in length.

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