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Barbodes dunckeri - Clown BarbMagyarul / Hungarian
Barbodes dunckeri - Clown BarbBarbodes dunckeri - Clown BarbBarbodes dunckeri - Clown BarbBarbodes dunckeri - Clown Barb
  • Scientific name: Barbodes dunckeri
  • Synonyms: Puntius dunckeri, Barbus dunckeri, Bigspot barb
  • Common name: Clown Barb
  • Group: Cyprinids
  • Habitat: Southeast Asia; Singapore, Peninsular Malaysia
  • Size: 10-12 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits in small forest streams.
  • 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: 6-7.5
  • Hardness: 2-12 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5-8 years

Description: The fish named after Dr. Georg Duncker, ichthyologist and curator at the Zoological Museum of Hamburg. Clown Barb has been widely misidentified as the congener Puntius everetti. 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. In addition Puntius everetti is very rare in the hobby. The back of the Clown Barb is orange-brown, the sides are orange-red, while the belly is yellow to white. There are usually four dark spotted bands on the sides. Barbus dunckeri has two pair of barbels, and has reddish 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. Clown Barb has much in common with Barbus conchonius, but needs more heat and a larger tank.

Like most small cyprinids Clown Barb is an egg-scatterer, exhibiting no parental care. 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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