Black Spot Barb - Planted Tank Mates

Black Spot Barb

6” | 6 or more | 60 gal

PH 6-7 | Semi-Aggres.

Puntius filamentosus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Semi-Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 3 – 8

dKH: 2 – 6

Tank Size: 60 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Gouramis, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails.  Avoid long fin fish like guppies, bettas and angelfish.

This larger species will eat dwarf shrimp.

Notes

Black Spot Barbs are very active fish.  Generally peaceful with community fish but can show aggression if kept single or in small groups.

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Description

6” | 6 or more | 60 gal

PH 6-7 | Semi-Aggres.

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.2-7 | Peaceful

2.5" | 5 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful

1.5" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.2 | Peaceful

2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

1.25" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

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Puntius filamentosus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Semi-Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 3 - 8

dKH: 2 – 6

Tank Size: 60 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Gouramis, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails.  Avoid long fin fish like guppies, bettas and angelfish.

This larger species will eat dwarf shrimp.

Notes

Black Spot Barbs are very active fish.  Generally peaceful with community fish but can show aggression if kept single or in small groups.

Paracheirodon axelrodi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 73° – 81°

PH: 6.2 – 7

dGH: 3 – 6

dKH: 2 – 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otcinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Care

Cardinal Tetras require a more experienced fish keeper.  They’re very sensitive to water changes and require softer to neutral waters.  They’re able to reach 2” in size and the red & blue markings run the full length of their body.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Learn the difference between Cardinal vs. Neon Tetras

Danio rerio

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 74°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 3 – 10

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 5 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Celestial Pearl Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, snails

Notes

Zebra Danios are very hardy and peaceful fish.  They have elongated, narrow bodies with horizontal stripes from head to tail.  They show shoaling tendencies when kept in large groups and go well with many other community fish.

Trigonostigma heteromorpha

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.2

dGH: 3 – 6

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina and Neocaridina Shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Hemigrammus rhodostomus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.75″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 84

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 3-6

dKH: 2 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Neon Tetras, Zebra Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish and Guppies, Zebra Loaches, Yoyo Loaches and Otocinclus:

Notes

Aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Paracheirodon innesi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Neon Tetras are great beginner fish.  The reason is because they can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions. This makes them hardier than Cardinal Tetras and a bit easier to keep. Their size is also smaller in comparison, approximately 1-1.25” max.  You’ll find them in almost every local fish store including commercial big box retailers.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Learn the difference between Cardinal vs. Neon Tetras
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