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Barbus eutaenia



    While Barbus eutaenia isn’t scarce or threatened in nature, it’s availability to hobbyists is rare.

Quick stats:

Listed tank sizes are the minimum
Size: Adult Male: 3.54 – 5.51 inches (9 – 14 cm)
Tank: Shoal of 5: 29 gallons (110 liters) or larger Shoal of 10 – 12: 45 gallons (170 liters) or larger
Strata: Bottom levels (benthopelagic)
pH: pH range: 6.5 – 7.5
Hardness: Soft to medium. dH range: 5 – 15.
Temperature: 68°F to 79°F (20-26°C)


Order: Cypriniformes
Suborder: Cyprinoidei
Family: Cyprinidae
Genera: Barbus
Species: Barbus eutaenia
Note: 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 link above.


Common name:


Orangefin Barb

    , Orange-fin Barb


    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.

General Body Form:Male: A deep-bodied, fusiform shape with a large mouth with two pair of sensory barbels and a pointed snout. Fins are moderately long and somewhat rounded, with the exception of the tall pointed dorsal fin and the homocercal caudal fin. Can be distinguished from Barbus macrotaenia by the last ray in the dorsal fin which is enlarged, bony and serrated in B. eutaenia. Female: May have rounder bellies.

Coloration:Countershading on body shows as silvery-olive dorsally and silvery-white ventrally with a thick, black mid-lateral stripe through the mid-caudal rays. Bands shadowing this line above and below may occur in well-marked specimens. Fins are translucent yellow or orange. Dorsal fin has a line of large black scales basally.


Maintenance:OMNIVORE: 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. Prefers very clean, mature water that is well-oxygenated and has a good current. Needs a longer, planted tank with rounded gravel or rocky substrate, rocks and driftwood. A peaceful and affable shoaling fish. 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.


Biotope:Usually inhabits clear streams strewn with rocks and boulders.



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