False Eight Banded Barb Care Guide

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False Eight-Banded Barb
(Eirmotus Insignis)

Common names:
False eight-banded barb.

Size: 3-4cm

pH: 6.0-7.0

Tempº: 24ºC - 26ºC

Tank region: Middle Bottom layer

Origin: Thailand, Borneo.

Gender: Adult males are slimmer than females, and the adult male’s unpaired fins may display a faint reddish hint in good conditions.

Notes: A rare fish in the Aquarium, this cyprinid is not compatible with fast moving or hyperactive fish because of it’s rather retired nature and the fact it can be outcompeted for food by fast species. They appreciate a planted tank, with dI'm lighting. They can be tricky to acclimatize to aquarium life as they are wild caught, and often arrive in poor condition.

Because of this wild swings in water chemistry can be deadly. Many fish sold as E.insignis may actually be specimens of the closely related species E.octozona, as they are both very similar in looks and care. It should be fed some live food as well as dry food. It is a schooling fish and so needs to be in a group of at least 5-6.
 

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