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The Clown 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 are a hardy species and enjoy broad water conditions but require water to be clean and moderate flowing. Native to Sumatra and Borneo.

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Features of Clown Barb's:

  • Orange coloured body with a four dark patches along the body
  • Two barbels on the face used to search for food
  • Males are smaller and brighter
  • Best kept in groups of 6 or more
  • Lifespan up to 6 years
  • Grows to 13cm

Clown Barb : Care, Diet and Tank Mates

The Best Aquarium Size for Clown Barbs:

Clown barbs are very active swimmers. 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 Clown 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 Clown Barb:

Clown Barb Diet :

Clownbarbs are omnivores and are accepting of almost any food, Clown 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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Clown Barb Tank Set-up

Aquarium Filtration for Clown Barbs

Clown 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 Clown 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 Clown Barbs

Clown 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 Clown Barb happy. Aquarium lighting is necessary for the photosynthesis required for healthy aquarium plants. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Clown Barbs

Clown 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.

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums. Please contact us for custom tank services.