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Desmopuntius rhomboocellatus - Snakeskin BarbMagyarul / Hungarian
Desmopuntius rhomboocellatus - Snakeskin BarbDesmopuntius rhomboocellatus - Snakeskin BarbDesmopuntius rhomboocellatus - Snakeskin BarbDesmopuntius rhomboocellatus - Snakeskin BarbDesmopuntius rhomboocellatus - Snakeskin Barb
  • Scientific name: Desmopuntius rhomboocellatus
  • Synonyms: Systomus rhomboocellatus, Puntius rhomboocellatus, Barbus kahajani, Barbus rhomboocellatus
  • Common name: Snakeskin Barb, Rhomb Barb, Rhombo Barb
  • Group: Cyprinids
  • Habitat: Asia; Borneo
  • Size: 5-8 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits in peat swamps and blackwater jungle rivers.
  • Social behavior: A generally peaceful schooling fish. Can be kept in a biotope aquarium with danios which like similar conditions.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; in nature they eat insects and worms. In the aquarium give them small live and frozen foods, and quality dried foods.
  • Breeding: Hard
  • Tank: Minimum 80 litres
  • Population: 8-10 fish for 100 litres
  • Decoration: Use dark colored substrate with dim lighting, or use surface vegetation. They also prefer a densely planted tank as well. Decorate the aquarium with some bogwood. It can be aslo kept in a biotope tank with leaf litter on the substarte, and peat filtered water with some twisted roots. They like slow-flowing water.
  • Temperature: 23-28 °C
  • pH: 5-7
  • Hardness: 1-10NK°
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years

Description: Snakeskin Barb is an extremely pretty fish that is rarely imported. Puntius rhomboocellatus is very similar to other Puntius species, but they have diamond shaped markings on their body, giving them a snakeskin appearance. The base color of the body is reddish or orange with deep green rhomboid, vertical bars. Young fish are not as colorful as adults, they have silver body with slightly reddish back with pale pattern. They usually stay in the shadowed parts of the tank, and they are very striking as they move in school through plants.

Males tend to be slender, a little bit smaller and more colourful than females. There is only a few information about their breeding, it can be similar to other Puntius species. Use a separate 15-20 litres tank with clumps of fine-leaved plants such as java moss. Condition the breeding pair with live and frozen foods before spawning. Set the temperature a few degrees higher than in the conditioning tank. They should spawn the following morning with the eggs being deposited among the plants. After spawning the parents should be removed from the breeding tank as these fish are egg scatterers. The eggs hatch in 24-36 hours, and the fry become free-swimming after 3-4 days. At this point offer them small amounts of infusoria several times a day. When they get larger give them Artemia nauplii.

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