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This topic contains 29 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  andy rushworth 9 years, 4 months ago.

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  • #299989

    Matt
    Keymaster

    I’m ploughing on with the knowledge base and have arrived at the genus Barbus. Now there’s almost nothing about these fish on the web so I’m after any information at all on or pics of the following species:

    Barbus congicus
    B. fasciolatus (formerly barilioides and the only one I’ve actually kept /smile.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:)” border=”0″ alt=”smile.gif” />

    Edit: also any opinions on these ids?

    1.Barbus congicus?

    2. Barbus guirali?

    3. Barbus holotaenia?

    4. Barbus sublineatus?

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    #312085

    mickthefish
    Participant

    out of your list i’ve only kept fasciolatus, jae, holotaenia and sublineatus, and had a lone guirali.
    the congicus i’ve been looking for for a good few years now but African exporters are notorius for sending substitute fish.
    Steve Spencer has just found that out he ordered half a box of African whiptail cats so they sent him 80 odd electric cats around 3 inches long. fun eh.haha

    mick

    #312090

    Matt
    Keymaster

    OMG it’s going to take him months to shift those in his shop the poor bugger.

    #312097

    David Marshall
    Participant

    Hey Matt

    Hope you are okay after all the severe weather in Barcelona area?

    If you go back to your Issue 1 of The Aquarium Gazette we printed a comprehensive article on African barbs in that Issue so covered a number of the species mentioned in your post.

    Regards David

    #312104

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Superb David cheers I’ll go and check it out. Yeah the weather has been pretty bad in Catalonia but oddly not here in the city; just a bit of stronger than usual wind.

    #312365

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Well that was a good start. The first species I’m editing is Barbus congicus and it’s not even in Barbus anymore! profile to a reasonable level but some additional aquarium care/habitat info would still be useful!

    #312372

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    I’m no expert on these Matt and I have never kept them myself but I do know of a couple of people who did keep them some time ago and from their experience I would say that 24″ is to small for minimum tank size for even a smallish group (6), I have seen a group of 10 literally hound 3 or 4 smaller specimens to death in tanks of that size but all aggression stopped when they were moved into a 42″ heavily planted tank at one friends and a friend of his has a similar experience.

    #312376

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Super info Mark I’ll get that edited now. Thanks a bunch!

    #312381

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Mick how was your guirali. Did it get quite big?

    #312410

    Matt
    Keymaster

    OK er…help! Has holotaenia been bred in the hobby? And Mick it seems you’re the only person on the planet who has had guirali so any info much appreciated…

    #312412

    Mark Duffill
    Participant

    I wouldn’t like to say for sure if holotaenia has been bred in captivity but if it has there is very little about it on the internet so I would say its a rare occurrence if it has happened.

    Couple of little bits that I do know about holotaenia are that they don’t seem to do well on dried commercial foods so frozen and live foods should make up a big part of their diet, also they will readily eat shrimp and will adults will even take ammano shrimp and adults that don’t have good diets have been known to remove the scales of other fish.

    #312413

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Yeah I read about their scale-eating behaviour in the dry season Mark, like mini Serrasalmus the little sods!

    #312415

    David Marshall
    Participant

    Barbodes sublineatus

    Has been found in several regions of the Niger River. 5cm. A black horizontal line from operculum to caudal base. A row of dots made by the black edges of the scales meet the other line at the operculum, curves down below it and joins it again at a point just above the anal fin. Has a pair of whiskers similar to the Flying barb of Asia.

    Sorry have never kept so have no aquarium notes.

    Regards David

    #312417

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Thanks David. /wacko.gif” style=”vertical-align:middle” emoid=”:wacko:” border=”0″ alt=”wacko.gif” /> Think I’ll move onto B. jae and come back…

    #312419

    David Marshall
    Participant

    Hey Matt

    You beat me to making a reply. Y.A.A.S. Size Guides have Morse barb as common name for what is now a fish back in Barbus as Barbus sublineatus. Male 7cm. Female 8cm.

    You will find jae information in African cyprinids article Issue 1 Aquarium Gazette.

    Regards David

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