Ablabe's Barb (Barbus ablabes)

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Ablabe's Barb

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Ablabe's Barb

Barbus ablabes





6.5 - 7.5

[[Minimum temperature::72 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::75 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

4-5 years


Additional names

Ablabe's Barb

Additional scientific names

Barbus ablabes spurelli, Barbus spurelli, Barbus spurrelli, Enteromius ablabes, Enteromius potamogalis, Puntius ablabes


Africa: wide distribution area, known from the Sahelian as well as from coastal basins. Also collected from the upper Koto River drainage (Ubangi tributary, middle Congo River basin) in Central African Republic.


Difficult to visually sex, mature females may be slightly plumper in the belly than males.

Tank compatibility

An active shoaling fish. Keep in groups of 5-6 or more. Do not keeping long-finned, slow moving or shy fish. Robust similar-sized fish should work well.


An omnivore, should accept pellets and flake, both vegetable and carnivore based, as well as small live/frozen food like brine shrimp and bloodworm.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

The tank for this fish should provide plenty of lateral open swimming space combined with hiding places in tall plants and bogwood. Tank must be mature and well filtered.


A peaceful active mid-swimming shoaling fish.


Long slender silver body with a bold black horizontal lateral line running from the nose to the base of the tail.


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