Clown Barb

* Vibrant, active fish for community tanks (6+).
* Prefers clean, slightly acidic water (pH 6.5-7.5).
* Needs space to swim (30+ gallons) and enjoys a varied diet.

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## Clown Barb: A Lively Addition to Your Aquarium

The Clown Barb, also known as Everett’s Barb (scientific name: Barbodes everetti), is a vibrantly colored freshwater fish native to the clear streams of Borneo and Sumatra. These active swimmers bring a splash of personality to any community tank. Let’s dive into the details of caring for these energetic fish.

**Water Quality:** Clown Barbs prefer pristine, well-oxygenated water. Regular water changes are crucial to maintain good water quality.

* **pH Level:** Slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.5 to 7.5
* **GH Level:** Soft to moderately hard water, between 5 and 15 dGH
* **KH Level:** Moderately low KH, around 3 to 8 dKH

**Feeding:** Clown Barbs are omnivores and enjoy a varied diet. Offer them high-quality flakes or pellets as a staple, along with live or frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, daphnia, and occasional vegetables like blanched zucchini.

**Tank Mates:** These active fish do best with peaceful tank mates of similar size and temperament. Avoid fin nippers or overly shy fish. Consider peaceful community fish like Rasboras, Corydoras catfish, or other barbs.

**Substrates and Tank Decorations:** A sandy or fine gravel substrate is ideal for these bottom feeders. Provide hiding spots with driftwood, rocks, and plants to create a natural feel and reduce stress.

**Suitable Plants:** Live plants are recommended for Clown Barbs. Opt for sturdy plants like Java Ferns, Anubias, or Hornwort that can withstand their occasional nibbling.

**Sexing and Breeding:** Differentiating male and female Clown Barbs can be tricky. Males tend to be slimmer with more vibrant colors, while females are fuller-bodied. Breeding requires a separate tank with specific water conditions and spawning mops. Clown Barbs are egg-scatterers and don’t provide parental care.

**Maximum Size and Longevity:** Clown Barbs typically reach a maximum size of around 6 inches (15 cm) and can live up to 5-8 years with proper care.

**Behavior:** These are active schooling fish that thrive in groups of 6 or more. They are peaceful but can be fin nippers towards slow-moving or long-finned fish.

**Things to Consider Before Buying:**

* Clown Barbs require a larger tank (at least 30 gallons) due to their active swimming style.
* They are not ideal for beginners as their water quality needs are specific.
* Their playful nature might not be suitable for very peaceful tank setups.

**General Information:** Clown Barbs are relatively easy to find at pet stores specializing in tropical fish.

**Fun Fact:** The “clown” in their name comes from the combination of their vibrant colors and their playful, sometimes nipping, behavior.


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Care Level


Potential of Hydrogen

pH Level Aquarium pH measures water acidity/alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Fish have pH preferences; maintain ideal levels for their health and stability.

6.5 – 7.5

General Hardness

GH Level GH (General Hardness) in aquariums measures minerals like calcium and magnesium. It affects fish health by showing water\'s mineral content.

5 – 15 dGH

Carbonate Hardness

KH Level KH (Carbonate Hardness) in an aquarium stabilizes pH. It acts like a shield, keeping the water conditions just right for fish.

3 – 8 dKH


Temperature Ideal temperature needed for fish

24°C – 27°C

How long will I live

Life Span

5 – 8 Years

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