Clown Barb

Clown Barb

Clown Barb

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Clown Barb
Puntius everetti

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.

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