Banded Barb (Desmopuntius johorensis)

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Banded Barb

Desmopuntius johorensis

114 Litres (30 US G.)

10-12 cm (3.9-4.7")




6.0 - 6.5

22.8-26.1°C (73 -79 °F)

10-14 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-5 years



Additional names

Banded Barb, Striped Barb, Lined Barb

Additional scientific names

Barbus fasciatus, Barbus eugrammus, Barbus tetrazona johorensis, Puntius eugrammus, Systomus johorensis, Puntius johorensis

Origin[edit | edit source]

Native to southern Thailand, Penisular Malaysia, Singapore, and the islands of Sumatra (Indonesia) and Borneo (Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam) with type locality ‘Muar River, Tebing Tinggi, Johore, Malaysia’.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have darker bands and smaller bodies. Mature females tent to be larger.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Should be kept in shoals of at least 5-6 individuals. Keep with similar sized peaceful fish only.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Feed with high quality flakes or pellets, should also accept blanched vegetables and small meaty foods such as brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs a large aquarium with plenty of lateral swimming space. Plant the tank densely so this fish feels secure. Prefers acidic conditions and dim lighting.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A timid Barb which should be kept in schools of at least 5-6.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This Barb has a gold body colour with 5 black bands running horizontally along the flanks.

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