According to the International
Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources there
has been considerable confusion over the identity of Barbus eutaenia
and Barbus miolepis Boulenger, 1902. At least seven distinct species
were recognised in this group in a survey of the Upper Zambezi
system in Zambia (Tweddle et al. 2004). You can read more at the
Adult Male: 3.54 – 5.51 inches (9 – 14 cm)
AFRICA: Ruanda-Urundi rivers, rivers of eastern
highlands of Zimbabwe and the Transvaal escarpment, Cunene, Cuanza,
Okavango, Zambezi, east coast systems south to the Incomati (Komati)
system and Lake Tanganyika. In the Congo system in the the upper
Lualaba, Luapula, Lake Mweru (upper Congo River basin) and upper
Kasai. Migrates within streams.
Min Tank Size:
Shoal of 5: 29 gallons (109.78 liters) or larger
Shoal of 10 – 12: 45 gallons (170.3 liters) or larger
Omnivorous, Feeds on insects in the wild, but in aquaria it
appreciates a varied diet of live or frozen daphnia, blanched
vegetables, herbivore pellets, flakes and spirulina.
A peaceful and affable shoaling fish..
Temperature 68 to 79°F (20 – 26°C) pH range: 6.5 – 7.5;
dH range: 5 - 15.
Moderate. Needs a longer, planted tank with rounded
gravel or rocky substrate, rocks and driftwood. Prefers very clean,
mature water that is well-oxygenated and has a good current.
This peaceful fish thrives in a shoal and also does
well with non-aggressive fish that are neither shy nor slow. A
stocking ratio of one male to two females is recommended.
Some experience required.
While Barbus eutaenia isn't scarce or threatened
in nature, it's availability to hobbyists is rare.