Sumatran barb - Barbus tetrazona - DNZ
Sumatran barb - Barbus tetrazona - DNZ
   
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Sumatran barb - Barbus tetrazona - DNZ

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Sumatran barb - Barbus tetrazona - DNZ
Sumatran barbs are lively eye-catchers in the aquarium, which provide for liveliness! With their firm social structure and their scuffles, they clarify their ranking anew every day. Even beginners can keep them well and they are relatively easy to breed. Feeding them becomes an experience every time, which is hard to get away from. With their quick and brisk nature it is a pleasure to watch them. - Garnelio
Features
Water values: soft to hard
Diet: omnivorous - omnivorous
Temperature: 20-25 °C
Behavior: Active
with fish?: Yes, with peaceful fish
Fish group: Barbs
Planting possible?: conditional* (see description)
Aquarium size: 100 l (approx. 80cm)
Breeding: simply
Visual effect: Especially colorful
Origin: Asia
with snails/shells?: Yes
Final size: 4-8 cm
Difficulty: 1 - Simple
Feature: dynamic group behavior
with large crabs?: No
with dwarf crabs?: No
with shrimps?: Socialization not possible
Pelvic region: Center
with crabs?: No
Description

The pretty striped Sumatran barb, also called four-belt barb or Hong Kong bar b, Barbus tetrazona, is a very sought-after barb and extremely popular in aquaristics. The pretty yet robust fish are easy to keep and are therefore also suitable for beginners. Other breeding forms are the moss barb, which is colored green instead of stripes and has red fins, but also the five-belt barb, which has a fifth black band. Sumatran barbs originate from stagnant and slow-flowing waters of Borneo and Sumatra (hence their name), where they inhabit weedy riparian zones in groups. Their habitat stretches across the Kapuas, Mahakam and Bulungan rivers.

The Sumatran barb belongs to the carp family and grows to a length of about 6 cm when fully grown. Its body is high-backed with a terminal mouth and has an ochre ground color over which four black horizontal bands extend. The first band extends over the eye, the second begins just before the dorsal fin, the third just after, and the fourth is just above the caudal fin root. The trapezoidal dorsal fin is black in color with an orange-red fringe, and the caudal fin appears transparent with an orange sheen in the outer fin fringes. The ventral and pectoral fins are transparent, but the anal fin is more or less bright yellow-orange. The mouth may also be orange in color, and the gill cover is distinctly pink. Kept in groups, Sumatran barbs behave peacefully, but are only suitable for socialization with non-long-finned fish and can already be kept by beginners. The females differ from the males by their more massive appearance. The males remain somewhat stockier and also smaller.

Breeding Sumatran barbs is relatively easy if you keep an eye on the water parameters and food. For breeding, the aquarium water in the breeding tank should be slightly acidified. A substrate is not absolutely necessary, but there should be sufficient fine feshy plants and mosses , floating plants help to darken the tank, additional lighting should be avoided. Sumatran barbs are extremely prouctive free spawners that can lay up to 1,000 eggs, which they may also eat directly. It is worthwhile to feed the animals intensively for several weeks before the breeding attempt. Immediately after spawning the breeding pair is caught out again and put back. The larvae hatch after 26-48 hours and feed on their yolk sac for the time being. After about 5-7 days, depending on temperature and environment, they begin to swim freely and can be fed very fine dust powder and live Artemia nauplii.

The Sumatran barbs aquarium should hold at least 100 liters and be structured with roots and rocks that provide territorial boundaries and privacy. A dense planting with stem plants in places and also the creation of darkened corners, for example by floating plants and stone structures with mosses, is recommended. This serves the animals to retreat and recharge their batteries. Concerning the water values the animals are tolerant and can be maintained at a pH of 6-7,5, as well as a total hardness between 5-19° dGH, a carbonate hardness of 3-17° dKH and a temperature of 22-26 °C. It can happen that Sumatra barbs pluck at finely low plants. Since they search for food in the mulm, among other things, the aquarium gravel should not be sharp-edged, but better be dark sand.

Sumatran barbs can be well socialized with other lively barbs, such as the five-belt barb and moss barbs, firetail fringe lippers are also conceivable, as well as smaller loaches or short-finned catfish. The Sumatran barb tends to nibble on fins, therefore a company of long-finned fish such as gourami, guppies, angelfish or fighting fish should rather be avoided. Invertebrates are also rather unsuitable, as they would otherwise enhance their diet. Sumatran barbs maintain a pronounced social behavior with hierarchy, which is constantly clarified and tends to aggression if their group is too few animals.

As omnivores, Sumatran barbs should be fed a varied diet. They are not particularly picky in their selection, but are considered light feeders, generally taking anything into their tiny mouths that reasonably fits, or at least moves or wriggles in some way (hence the fin nibbling, among other things). They may be fed live and frozen foods such as artemia, daphnia, cyclops, tubifex and mosquito larvae, but will also accept just about any commercial granular food, dry food, flake food and algae food.

Our food recommendationNatureHolic professional main feed is a professional main feed for all aquarium fish. We supply Hauptfeed in the form of soft granules, which, thanks to its grain size of half a millimeter, can be easily absorbed by small to medium-sized fish. The soft consistency resembles the texture of insect larvae in nature and protects the fish mouth from micro-injuries.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

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Scientific name:Barbus tetrazona
German name:Sumatran barb, four-belt barb, Hong Kong barb
Difficulty level:for beginners
Origin/Distribution:Borneo, Sumatra
Coloration:ochre yellow base coloration with four black bands, dorsal and anal fin black with red fringe, pelvic fin orange
Age expectancy 6-7 years
Water parameters:GH 5-19° dGH, KH 3-17° dKH , pH 6.0-7.5, temperature 22-26°C
Tank size:from 100 l
Food Omnivorous, live and frozen food, dry food, granules,
Breeding easy
Behavior territorial and aggressive towards conspecifics
Group size at least 8 animals
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do
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Question: "Wieviele Sumatrabarben sollte/kann ich im Artenbecken mit 350l halten"

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Hallo Peter, vielen Dank für deine Frage! In einem reinen Artenbecken kannst du hier bis zu 30 Tiere bedenkenlos pflegen.

Question: "kann ich Sumatrabarbe - Barbus tetrazona mit zwerg Garnelen zusammen bringen. Vielen Dank"

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Das wüden wir dir eher nicht empfehlen.

Question: "Gibt es irgendeine Schnecken Art die mit den Sumatrabarben zurecht kommt?"

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Uns ist derzeit keine bekannt.

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