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Pentazona Barb

Pentazona Barb

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The Pentazona barb is a small attractive non-aggressive, peaceful and active schooling fish that is usually kept in groups of 5 or more. They prefer a well-planted aquarium with driftwood and rocks but still need plenty of space to school. They make an excellent addition to a community tank. They are quite rare to find in the aquarium trade.


This species of barb has an orangy-yellow body which displays five black vertical bars. The first bar is across the eye, the second bar is behind the gill opening, the third bar is around the dorsal-fin, the fourth bar is near the anal-fin, and the fifth bar is in the middle of the caudal peduncle. They also possess a small dark marking at the posterior base of the dorsal fin.


Quick Facts
Scientific Name Desmopuntius Pentazona
Other Names Five-Banded Barb, Banded Barb, Fiveband Barb
Classification Actinopterygii
Order Cypriniformes
Family Cyprinidae
Genus Desmopuntius
Origins Malaysia
Temperament Peaceful
Aquarium Level Middle - Top
Difficulty Beginner - Intermediate
Shoaling Yes
Best kept as Groups 6+
Diet Omnivore
Reproduction Egg-Scatterer
Lifespan 5 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water Type Freshwater
PH 4.5 - 6.5
GH 5 - 12
74 - 84℉
23.3 - 28.9℃