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Filament Barb Barbus (Puntius) filamentosus mahecola Dawkinsia filamentosus

Category: Barbs

Size: 5-6cm

Price: £8.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 15 in stock


Schooling Fish: Yes

Water Chemistry: less than pH 7 - acidic

Care Level: Easy

Sociability: Aggressive

Diet: Adaptable


Stunning Wild Caught barbs from our recent Indian shipment.


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.8 and Hard
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 5-6cm

Dawkinsia filamentosus (Filament Barb, Barbus (Puntius) filamentosus mahecola)

A fairly large barb that prefers a spacious, not too brightly lit aquarium with peaceful tankmates. Does not do well in hard, alkaline water. Needs well oxygenated water, not too warm, and with a decent current.

This fish is metallic with a greenish tone above and pinkish below. Both sexes have large black spots close to the base of the tail fin; in addition, males have greatly extended fin rays on the dorsal fin. Females tend to be large than males.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

An active fish that readily adapts to all types of foods including flake and algae. Regular feedings of live or frozen crustaceans will help to maintain their attractive colours. Also ensure that these fish get some vegetable foods, either vegetarian flake foods or things like blanched lettuce and squashed, cooked peas.

An ideal addition to a peaceful community of riverine species alongside other schooling or shoaling cyprinids including botiid, cobitid, nemacheilid, and balitorid loaches.

It’s a schooling species by nature, so ideally kept in a group of 8-10 specimens. Maintaining these fish as a decent number will not only make the fish less skittish but will result in a more effective, natural looking display.

In addition, any aggressive behaviour will normally be contained as males concentrate on maintaining their hierarchical position within the group.

Rarely bred in captivity but certainly possible. Requires soft, acidic water, and the parents scatter eggs among plants. Remove the parents at once or they will eat their spawn. The eggs hatch after about one day, and the fry can be raised on newly hatched brine shrimp and commercial baby fish foods. The fry grow quickly.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution India, Sri Lanka
Temperature 20-24 C
Size 15 cm
Water Parameters Soft, acidic water essential
Water PH 6.0 to 7.0