Filament Barb Care Guide


Filament Barb
(Puntius filamentosus)

Common names: Filament Barb, Blackspot Barb.

Size: 15cm

pH: 6.0 – 7.0

Tempº: 20ºC - 25ºC

Tank region: Middle layer

Origin: India

Gender: Can be difficult with juveniles, but easier in adults. Fully grown females are plumper, and the males have extended fins.

Notes: Large, hardy and active are three of the first words used by aquarists to describe the Filament Barb. This schooling species is very easy to care for provided it has plenty of swimming space and is housed in a group of at least 5-6. Unfortunately it's size and boisterous nature make it incompatible with more skittish community fish, but the Filament Barb is peaceful by nature and should fit in will with a large community.

Filament Barbs are very attractive, thanks to their simple yet striking pattern, shiny scales and long fins. This species is not picky about food, and as an omnivore will happily take most aquarium diets. This barb needs slightly cooler water than many other tropical species, but is quite hardy. Overall this fish is a wonderful addition to the right setup.

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