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Bandula Barb Pethia bandula

Category: Barbs

Size: 3-4cm

Price: £5.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 25 in stock


Schooling Fish: Yes

Sociability: Peaceful

Care Level: Easy

Diet: Adaptable

Water Chemistry: Adaptable


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Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Either males or females available (please be aware that some species are unsexable)
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.8 and Hard
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 3-4cm

Pethia bandula (Bandula Barb)

A small, peaceful barb that has only recently appeared in the hobby. It has a rose coloured body, darkening somewhat towards the mouth, and bears a few indistinct vertical black bands on the flanks. Rhomboid in shape, it has an orangey-red across the head and tail fin and at least two dark vertical stripes on the body, one behind the pectoral fin and another between the dorsal and tail fins.

Young specimens also show a third stripe on the caudal peduncle and a fourth, discontinuous stripe that runs down the dorsal fin, partway down the flank, then onto the anal fin. As the fish mature these two stripes become less obvious. Mature males tend to have more intense colouration than the females, developing reddish body colouration to their flanks and smokey black patches on their fins when in breeding condition.

Outside of captivity and a recently created protected area, this endangered fish only exists in a single stream in rural Sri Lanka that’s less than a mile long. Its entire population is thought to consist of fewer than 1,500 individuals.

While these small fish only measures around 4cm in length, they are surprisingly ornate. Out of all the barbs, these are certainly considered to be one of the most beautiful by many fish keepers.

The Bandula Barb is very rarely traded and little is known about its care in aquaria, but it appears to be peaceful, easy to keep and generally well behaved. Nonetheless, as with other Pethia species, this fish must be kept in sufficient numbers if bad habits such as shyness or nippiness are not to occur.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Rarely kept and often found inhabiting small, rocky stream flowing through rice fields and rubber plantations. Found under leaves and among emersed vegetation in shallow water (<20 cm) on the margins of the stream.

This species is not reputed to be a fin nipper, but if you do combine with long-finned fish fish such as angels or gouramis, watch for signs of damage and act accordingly.

Barbs are usually schooling fish, best to be kept in groups of at least 6 individuals. That means they need to be kept in reasonable numbers to do well, typically groups of at least six specimens. When not kept in sufficient numbers, generally Barbs become shy and nervous, while others become aggressive fin-biters.

In terms of water chemistry barbs are typical Southeast Asian in preferring soft, slightly acidic conditions. Most do well in medium hardness, slightly alkaline water provided other parameters such as water quality and temperature are appropriate. In other words, 2-12 degrees dH, pH 6.5-7.5 can be expected to suit most barbs very well. The hardier species will adapt to hard, alkaline water up to 20 degrees dH, pH 8, but they're unlikely to breed under such conditions.

Barbs are omnivores. In the wild they often snuffle about at the bottom, using their short barbels to find insect larvae, algae and various small particles of organic matter. The larger species will also take very small fishes given the chance. Under aquarium conditions barbs are easy to feed, consuming pretty much all the usual foods including flake, pellets and small frozen foods such as brine shrimps and bloodworms. Some will also take green foods including cooked peas and spinach, blanched lettuce leaves, and strips of sushi nori.

Herbivorous species can be a bit hard on aquarium plants, though add clumps of fast-growing floating Indian Fern to the aquarium can be a good way to supplement their diet while also providing welcome shade and greenery.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Sri Lanka
Temperature 23-26C
Size 4 cm
Water Parameters Soft, acidic water preferred
Water PH 6.5-7.5