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The Striped Barb, also known as the lined barb, have unique horizontal dark stripes on a silvery to dull yelllow body. 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 are a hardy species and active species that are naturally found in swamps and black water systems often in areas with still water, and dense vegetation.

Native to southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and the islands of Sumatra, and Borneo.

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Features of Striped Barb Barb's:

  • Silvery to dull yellow body with dark horizontal stripes
  • Prefers softer and slightly acidic water conditions
  • Torpedo shaped body
  • Best kept in groups of 6 or more
  • Lifespan up to 5 years
  • Grows to 6cm

Striped Barb : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Striped Barbs:

Red Line barbs are very active and social fish that occupy the mid water column. They require a generous amount of swimming space and need at least 200L tank to keep a small group of them. If keeping a large group, consider a larger aquarium. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The best tank mates are species of similar peaceful and active nature. Avoid keeping Striped barbs in the same aquarium with docile, slow-moving, or long or flowing-finned fish, such as the angelfish, guppies or bettas. They are best in a large group of their own species.

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

Striped Barb Diet :

Striped barbs are omnivores and are accepting of almost any food, Striped 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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Striped Barb Tank Set-up

Aquarium Filtration for Striped Barbs

Striped barbs prefer clean water and slower flowing water. When selecting an aquarium filter consider the size of your aquarium and ensure adequate volume to maintain clean water but to be able to adjust flow to a slower rate. They are a hardy species and tolerate broad water parameters. 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 Striped 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. Ensure plenty of open swimming space but provide lots of shelter in the form of floating plants or plants that are tall enough to grow to the waters surface and create ample shade.

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

Striped barbs prefer a more dimly lit aquarium. Naturally they are found in heavily vegetated waters with lots of shade and cover. An LED aquarium lighting system gives you the opportunity to adjust lighting as required. Aquarium lighting is necessary for the photosynthesis required for healthy aquarium plants. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Striped Barbs

Striped 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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