Checkered Barb - Planted Tank Mates

Checkered Barb

2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

Oliotius oligolepis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 3 – 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails

Notes

Checkered Barbs are actually peaceful compare to other barb species.  They grow up to 2″ in size and are great tank mates with general nano community fish.

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ImageCheckered barb (Oliotius oligolepis).Serpae tetra (Hyphessobrycon eques).Dwarf pea puffer fish (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)Black neon tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi).Gold neon tetra fish (Paracheirodon innesi).Longfin serpae tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon eques).
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Description

2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7 | Peaceful

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1" | 1 or 6+ | 5 gal

PH 7.2-7.5 |  Aggressive

1.5" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1.25" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

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Oliotius oligolepis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 7

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails

Notes

Checkered Barbs are actually peaceful compare to other barb species.  They grow up to 2" in size and are great tank mates with general nano community fish.

Hyphessobrycon eques

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

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

Serpae Tetras are also known as Red Minor Tetra, Jewel Tetra or Callistus Tetras, and are great beginner fish.  They often have a black spot on their body and can get confused with Red Phantom Tetras.  The Serpae Tetras dorsal and anal fin have red and transition to black with white tips.  You can keep them in a 10 gallon tank, but push for a 20 gallon with larger groups. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Carinotetraodon travancoricus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1″

Care Level: Expert

Behavior: Aggressive

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Carnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 74 – 82

PH: 7.2 - 7.5

dGH: 3 - 15

dKH: 3 - 10

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: 1 or 6+

Tank Mates

Species Only tank recommended.

It's possible to keep with other fish and snails, but the setup has to be just right and you have to be lucky with a less aggressive puffer.

Notes

Aggressive and territorial.  Provides lots of ground cover and space when having multiple puffers in one tank. Try to have 1 male for every 2-3 females to avoid fighting. The larger the tank the better, especially a wide tank with dense planting and lots space to shelter.  Provide a minimum of 5 gallons for 1 puffer, add 3 more gallons for each additional puffer.

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

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

Black Neon Tetras are slightly larger than Neon Tetras and 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.  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.  Black Neon Tetras are generally more confident and you'll find them swimming near the top than hiding.

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

Gold Neon Tetras are a cousin to Neon Tetras and are also great beginner fish.  They can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions.  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

Hyphessobrycon eques var. Longfin

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of Tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

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

Serpae Tetras are also known as Red Minor Tetra, Jewel Tetra or Callistus Tetras, and are great beginner fish.  The Longfin variant will have longer and more flowy dorsa and anal fins.  They often have a black spot on their body and can get confused with Red Phantom Tetras.  The Serpae Tetras dorsal and anal fin have red and transition to black with white tips.  You can keep them in a 10 gallon tank, but push for a 20 gallon with larger groups. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

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