Five Banded Barb Care Guide

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Pentazona Barb
(Puntius pentazona)


Common names: Pentazona barb, Fivebanded barb, Five banded barb, Belted barb.

Size: 5cm

pH: 5.0 – 7.0

Tempº: 23ºC - 26ºC

Tank region: All layers

Origin: Borneo, Singapore, Malayan Penisula.

Gender: Males have bit (just a hint) of red on their fins.

Notes: These peaceful barbs are a lot like tiger barbs, but are nowhere near as aggressive and smaller. Like other barbs, they are schooling fish who need schools of at least 6, although 5 is ok. They need a larger tank than other fish of their size might because they can be really active and tend to use the whole length of the tank.

They are shy however, and should not be kept with overly active fish as they may go into hiding and become very shy. When sold they are usually yellowish, but with time and care can develop a red color. They do well with other peaceful fish and aren’t well known for fin nipping behaviors at all! They appreciate cover of plants, but also appreciate plenty of swimming space.
 

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