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Barbodes everetti - Everett BarbMagyarul / Hungarian
Barbodes everetti - Everett BarbBarbodes everetti - Everett Barb
  • Scientific name: Barbodes everetti
  • Synonyms: Puntius everetti, Barbus everetti, Clown barb
  • Common name: Everett Barb
  • Group: Cyprinids
  • Habitat: Southeast Asia; Borneo
  • Size: 10-12 cm
  • Biotope: Found in forest streams of the foothills zones, usually in clear, slow to fast flowing waters, preferring shallow, quieter areas along the shores.
  • Social behavior: A lively, peaceful species, which should be kept with other species prefering warmer water. They may eat smaller fish.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; Can be fed with live, frozen and flake foods, and also accepts some vegetable matter.
  • Breeding: Hard
  • Tank: Minimum 150 litres
  • Population: 5-6 fish for 220 litres
  • Decoration: Should have room for swimming, with planting around the tank edges and in the background. Place rocks and wood in their aquarium for hiding places. Make weekly water changes of one fifth to one quarter the total tank volume.
  • Temperature: 18-28 °C
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 2-10 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5-8 years

Description: Named after British natural history collector Alfred Hart Everett, who first collected the fish. This species is very rare in the aquarium hobby. Its scientific name is widely misapplied to Puntius dunckeri, a similar-looking species native to Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. The two fish can be easily tell apart, as Puntius everetti is less colorful fish with relatively small dark markings on its body, and with a distinctive dark blotch at the posterior base of the dorsal-fin. The back of Puntius everetti is orange-brown, the sides are orange-red, while the belly is yellow to white. There are small dark spotts on its sides. Barbus everetti has two pair of barbels, and has transparent fins, and the front part of the iris of the eye may be red. The female fish noticeably heavier, particularly during the spawning season, while male is slender and more brightly colored.

Like most small cyprinids Clown Barb is an egg-scatterer, exhibiting no parental care. Because it is uncommon in the hobby, its breeding is possibly similar as its relatives. For breeding use water temperatures between 26 and 28 °C, hardness 6-12 dGH, and neutral, or slightly acidic pH. Breeding has been successful only in larger tanks with a low water level (10-15 cm). Separate the sexes for 2 or 3 weeks prior to breeding and feed them frequently on white mosquito larvae and lettuce. Place the breeding tank where it catches morning sunlight. Use a substrate of marbles and plants the tank heavily with fine-leafed plants. When breeding is difficult the cause is usually pairing with a male that is too young. Males mature only after a year and a half or more, although the female can be bred after one year. Ocasionally when a male is ready to spawn the female is unable to produce. When the spawning is successful, they lay 500-2000 eggs among the plants. After the spawning the parents should be removed, because they will eat the eggs. Eggs will hatch in 50 hours. The fry can be raised on roftiers, Infusoria, and powdered dry foods. After a few weeks the school of fry will search for food at the bottom of the aquarium.

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