PH: 6.0 – 6.5
Temp: 24°C – 30C (75 – 86F)
Hardness: 7 – 17 dH
Puntius everetti, commonly known as Clown Barb, is an Asian freshwater species found in Borneo and Sumatra. It is distributed through clear, slow-moving waters, in forest streams, in quiet shore areas and mostly in shallow waters.
Clown barbs can reach a maximum length of 15 cm. This handsome species has a red-gold sheen, red fins and spotted bands, giving it its “clownish” appearance. It may have some red in its irises. Males are slimmer and more brightly colored; females will get a plumper belly when spawning. The Clown Barb can live from 5 – 8 years.
Diet: Puntius everetti is an omnivorous species and not a fussy eater. In an aquarium environment, you should feed this species a quality flake and the occasional helping of brine shrimp or bloodworms.
Breeding: Puntius everetti should be conditioned on live foods for a month before you attempt to spawn. This species is an egg scatterer and does not display parental care; remove the adults immediately once the eggs appear. Provide a spawning mop or Java moss to a water level of 4 – 6 inches. The fry will hatch in 20 – 30 days and can be fed Infusoria or crushed flake when they are swimming freely.
Comments: You should tank this species in a tank with a high load of plants, wood & rocks for best results. Puntius everetti is an excellent community fish and comes highly recommended to beginners. The Clown Barb is a lively schooling fish that should be kept in groups of at least 8 - 10. You could house this species with Danios, Barbs, Doradids, Loricariids, Corydoras, Loaches, and other similarly-sized species.