Six-Banded Barb (Desmopuntius hexazona)
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The Six-Banded Barb is a very peaceful, small barb that is a very attractive species for the nano and planted community aquarium!
The Six-Banded Barb (Desmopuntius hexazona) is a very peaceful schooling species that is an excellent fish for the community nano or planted aquarium. It is known for its attractive striping and small size. It is rather exceptional in appearance, but not as often available as many more widespread barb species. This particular species is native to Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra, and Singapore. When kept in larger groups, males will display their best coloration while competing to attract females.
The Six-Banded Barb typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. It is safe with other peaceful, small fish. It may prey on smaller dwarf shrimp and their fry. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can make good tankmates. The Six-Banded Barb must be kept in groups of 6 or more, although larger groups are more ideal so that subdominant specimens are not bullied by dominant individuals during breeding behavior. Its natural habitat is tropical rainforest areas that typically have blackwater. It requires clean water to thrive and it will display optimal coloration and health in a planted aquarium with dark substrate. This fish is native to somewhat dimly-lit streams, so low-light plants such as Java Fern, Anubias species, and Bucephalandra (Buce) species are excellent plants for its aquarium.
While not a picky eater, the Six-Banded Barb will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of omnivorous foods. High-quality flake food, pellets, and live, frozen, or freeze-dried Artemia, microworms, Tubifex, and finely chopped bloodworms will all be readily accepted.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Excellent banded coloration
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates too large to be considered prey
- Very active and noticeable fish in any aquarium
- Ideal for planted aquariums
- Will not bother ornamental plants
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 70 - 79° F (21°-26° C)
- pH: 4.0 - 7.0
- KH: 1 - 5 dKH
- Minimum Tank Size: 15 gallons for a group of 6 - 8
- Diet: Micropredator. Will easily accept high quality dry and frozen foods of appropriate size. Requires a varied diet for optimal health and coloration.
- Social Behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
- Origin: Johor State, Peninsular Malaysia
- Average Adult Size: 2 - 2.2 inches (5 - 5.5 cm)
- Average Purchase Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)