Barbus: Latin, barbus = barbel
African banded barbs are one of the most peaceful of all barbs and make ideal community fish. They are very active and look absolutely stunning in a shoal of at least six individuals. They prefer soft acidic water which is low in nitrates. They may be shy initially but will soon settle down when housed with the right tank mates. Boisterous or semi aggressive tank mates should be avoided or these barbs will remain shy and retiring.
In the wild African banded barbs eat small worms, crustaceans, detritus including plant matter and insects. In captivity they adjust very well and will eat good quality flake food, freeze dried food, live and frozen food. They are generally quite bold feeders.
Female African banded barbs are less colourful but larger and more plum than males.
African banded barbs are egg scatterers and do not exhibit any brood care post spawning. They are reasonably easy to breed and it is common for them to spawn routinely in a community aquarium. When spawning these barbs deliberately it is better to condition both parents separately using lots of high protein food. Then introduce the parents to a separate tank which has been set up with aged water which is soft and acidic and contains some fine leaved plants for the fish to spawn over. The parents should be removed immediately after spawning or they will begin to eat their own eggs.
Wild populations of African banded barbs are very healthy and the species is not under ant threat.
pH: 6 - 7
dGH: 5 - 12
Temperature: 20 - 26°C (68 - 79°F)
Size: 6cm (2.5in)
Min tank size: 60 litres
Difficulty level: Easy
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: Middle
Origin: Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Habitat: Well-oxygenated waters with lots of vegetation such as floodplain river channels and lakes.
Species: B. fasciolatus, Günther, 1868
African banded barb
Synonyms: Barbodes fasciolatus, Barbus barilioides, Barbus faciolatus, Puntius fasciolatus.