Name: Barbus fasciolatus|
The fish pictured here is a female Barbodes (or Barbus) barilloides. This rare, beautiful and peaceful little Cyprinid comes from Zambia (formerly Rhodesia) and possibly from the D.R.C. (Zaire). Its common names include African Fire Barb and Blue-banded Barb.
Having lived in Zimbabwe and Zambia for 11 years of my life (formally known as Southern Rhodesia and Northern Rhodesia respectively), I rarely saw this fish. This fish is rather shy in the wild and only caught by mistake in nets or on small hooks with worm. It is most often found in or near vegetation in slower moving water. It is found in vegetated shallows and bays of lagoons, lakes and and some rivers. Many of the rivers it is found in like the middle Zambezi (Zimbabwe) and the Kafue and Luapula (Zambia) having a lot of dissolved wood, leaves and marshes which makes slightly softer water ideal for this little barb. Water in these areas remain warm year round, so a temp of between 21-27°C should be preferred. Living amongst the vegetation means it would naturally feed on worms, insects and small crustaceans, so a meaty diet with vegetable supplements will see this fish flourish. It is normally seen to a max size of about 6-7 cm so is not a big barb. It is peaceful towards other fish, with the usual playful nature of barbs noted. Barbodes fasciolatus also prefers well oxygenated water. Great little barb as far as colour and temperament are concerned, when compared to other african barbs.
Beautiful West African barb that thrives and looks best in a school. Fairly active in morning and evening, retiring in brighter parts of the day, tightly schooling in bright light. Occupies the middle and bottom region of the aquarium. Fairly hardy, given well filtered water on the soft, acidic side. Can be bred in captivity, though it's sometimes challenging - water that is too hard seems to affect the fertility or hatching rate of eggs. Sometimes classified as: Barbus barilioides, Puntius barilioides, Puntius fasciolatus, and combinations. Barbus fasciolatus is the accepted valid name. Common names include: Blue-banded barb, Orange barb, African Orange barb, and sometimes just African Barb.
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