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Dawkinsia arulius (Longfin Barb, Puntius arulius)

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A peaceful barb which should be kept in a group. Not that common in the shops.

They have a silvery green coloured body with three dark bars across the body. The fish generally do not look their best in dealers tanks, but as you will see from the attached photograph in the right conditions they do develop very attractive colouration.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Peaceful fish that should be kept in a group of at least six fish.They can get quite large for barbs so do bear in mind that you will need a good sized tank.

Sexing these fish is relatively easy. The males do develop extended dorsal fin rays as they reach maturity.

Condition the fish on a good and varied diet. The aquarium should include plenty of planted matter where spawning is likely to take place. The eggs are adhesive and so will stick to the plants. As soon as spawning is complete remove the parents and any other fish that are present to prevent the eggs from being eaten. Once the fry are free swimming they can be fed on the usual fry foods.

Family Group: Barbs
Distribution India
Temperature 23-26C
Size Around 12cm
Water Parameters Prefers soft, slightly acidic water
Water PH 6.5-7.0