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Barbus (Puntius) anchisporus

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A small, semi-transparent barb with a pinkish tone and four vertical bands on the sides. A new, rarely seen species best recommended for the advanced aquarist keeping a soft-water aquarium containing other small, Asian species.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A schooling fish, keep this fish in a relatively large group of at least 8 specimens. Look out for signs of aggression between individuals, and if neccessary, add more fish to dissipate the tension.

Not yet bred in captivity, but presumably an egg scatterer like the other barbs.

Family Group: Barbs
Distribution Borneo
Temperature 22-26C
Size 6.6 cm
Water Parameters Soft, acidic water preferred
Water PH 6.5-7.0

Useful sources of information:

For a well illustrated and detailed reference guide on this and many other fish, consider the Baensch Aquarium Atlases. Volume 1 contains all the common species, and later volumes cover more unusual species. You can buy these books here.