THE BEST BARBS FOR A LARGE HOME AQUARIUM
- Lined Barb (Desmopuntius johorensis) – This barb species has a more subtle pattern than many other barbs which may be why it often escapes the notice of aquarium hobbyists. Lined Barbs grow to a maximum around 4 to 5 inches and they are best kept in larger schools with 5 to 10 of their own species. These barbs are fairly hardy and adaptable to various water conditions and they generally do not feed on aquarium plants.
- Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii) – Known for its bright silver body and red tail, the Tinfoil Barb can grow to a maximum length of up 12 inches so these fish need a very large tank if you are going to keep them in schools. Tinfoil Barbs are semi-aggressive by nature and they need a lot of open swimming space in order to thrive. These barbs have a tendency to feed on aquarium plants, so provide them with plenty of fresh vegetables to help curb this behavior.
- Arulius Barb (Desmopuntius tambraparniei) – This species of barb has an olive-brown body with several large, black blotches and thin, transparent fins. The Arulius barb can reach a maximum length around 4 to 5 inches and they are a very peaceful yet active species for the community tank. These barbs do well with other barb species and they are also compatible with smaller cichlids. Arulius barbs should not be kept with very small fish like neon tetras or danios, however, because they may see these smaller fish as prey.
- Clown Barb (Barbodes dunckeri) – The Clown Barb has a pink-colored body with black spots and bars as well as an overall blueish sheen – they also have red or orange fins. These barbs can grow up to 6 inches in length, though they tend to max out around 5 inches in the home aquarium. Clown barbs are best kept in large schools and they need plenty of open space for swimming. These fish are generally not too aggressive so they can be kept with medium- to large-sized peaceful species like gouramis, rasboras, and rainbow fish.
- Denison’s Barb (Sahyadria denisonii) – This species of barb has a silver body with a black bar running from the tip of the nose, through the eye, and along the body all the way to the caudal fin – there is also a red stripe above it that runs about halfway down the length of the body. Denison Barbs are a larger barb species, growing to a maximum size around 4 ½ inches. These fish are omnivorous by nature and they are generally one of the more peaceful barb species – this makes them a good choice for the community tank when they are kept in schools.
- Filament Barb (Dawkinsia filamentosa) – The Filament Barb is unique because it comes in different colors depending on where it comes from. These fish are generally easy to keep in the home aquarium and they make great additions to the community tank. Filament Barbs are a schooling species and they prefer tanks that are lushly planted and decorated with rocks and driftwood roots and branches.
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