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The Arulius Barb is an active and attractive mid size freshwater barb. An ideal aquarium fish for a community tank with other medium sized and peaceful fish, but do best when kept in a group of 6 or more of their own kind. They can be known as fin nippers if not kept in a large enough school. Native to Southern India, they inhabit a variety of water ways and tolerate broad water conditions.

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Features of Arulius Barb's:

  • Dark brown to olive backs fading on the body
  • Distinct black patch above the pelvic fin, anal fin and caudal fin
  • Red hues on the tail and caudal fins
  • Males have a longer flowing dorsal fin
  • Colours brighten as the fish matures
  • Best kept in groups of 6 or more
  • Lifespan up to 7 years
  • Grows to 10cm

Arulius Barb : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Arulius Barbs:

Arulius barbs are very active and social fish that occupy the mid water column. They need at least 75L tank to keep a small group of them. If keeping a large group, consider a larger aquarium. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Avoid keeping Arulius barbs in the same aquarium with docile, slow-moving, or long or flowing-finned fish, such as the angelfish, guppies or bettas. They can be mildy aggressive and display bullying behaviour if kept singularly or in too small of a school. They are best in a large group of their own species.

Here’s a list of some of the best tank mates for your Arulius Barb:

Platinum Golden Tiger Barb Diet :

Arulius barbs are omnivores and are accepting of almost any food, Arulius barbs should be given a variety of foods. Feed a quality pelleted or flake food, in addition to live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms. They will also consume vegetable matter. 

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Arulius Barb Tank Set-up

Aquarium Filtration for Arulius Barbs

Arulius barbs prefer clean water and moderate flowing water. When selecting an aquarium filter consider the size of your aquarium and ensure adequate volume to maintain clean water. They are a hardy species and tolerate broad water parameters but do best in clean water that is highly oxygenated. Sponge filters and hang on filters are suitable, cannister filters are a great option for medium to large aquariums.

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Aquarium Plants for Arulius Barb:

They are active swimmers and look great darting in and around live aquarium plants. Silk and plastic plants are also a great option to add life to your aquarium.

Great aquarium plants to consider include:
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Aquarium Lighting for Arulius Barbs

Arulius barbs are not fussy when it comes to lighting and do not have specific requirements. Moderate lighting with some areas of shade to shelter in will keep the Arulius Barb happy. Aquarium lighting is necessary for the photosynthesis required for healthy aquarium plants. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Arulius Barbs

Arulius barbs occupy to middle water column and do not have substrate preferences. Aquarium gravel, sand and pebbles are all options. If planting live aquarium plants, aquarium soils can be used under a layer of gravel or sand for optimum plant fertilization and growth.

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