Checkered Barb (Puntius Oligolepis)
The Checkered Barb is a charming little hardy fish with an intricate checkered pattern on their body that gives them their unique name. The Checkered Barb is small, sleek, and streamlined. Their body is silver, with a distinct black and white checkered pattern covering the body. They typically grow to only 2-3 inches in length, and a group of at least 6 individuals is recommended to help them feel secure and exhibit their natural schooling behavior.
Checkered Barbs are captivating with their intricate pattern, and their playful nature makes them an attractive and engaging addition to any freshwater aquatic community.
Tank Habitat and Care:
Checkered Barbs are best suited for well-planted tanks that provide ample cover and hiding spots, as well as open swimming areas to roam. A minimum tank size of 20 gallons is recommended, with larger tanks preferred for community aquariums. The ideal environment should include plants, driftwood, and rocks that create a natural, river-like setting. Maintain a pH level of 6.0-7.0, a hardness range of 5-12 dGH, and a temperature of 68-77°F (20-25°C) to ensure optimal conditions for your Checkered Barbs.
These omnivorous fish thrive on a varied diet, consisting of high-quality flake or pellet food, supplemented with live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms. Vegetables like spinach and lettuce can also be included to provide additional nutrition and promote overall health.
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