Dawkinsia apsara

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SKU: Mascara Barb WILD (D. apsara) MD Categories: ,

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Dawkinsia apsara, the Mascara Barb:

**Max Size:**
– Grows to a maximum size of about 6 inches (15 cm) or more.

**Tank Requirements:**
– Suitable for larger tanks, ideally around 50 gallons or more.
– Provide ample hiding spots using plants, rocks, and decorations.

**Water Parameters:**
– Temperature: 68°F – 77°F (20°C – 25°C).
– pH: 6.0 – 7.0.
– Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water.

**Tank Setup:**
– Incorporate live plants like Java fern, Anubias, and floating plants.
– Utilize fine-gravel substrate and create open swimming areas.

– Omnivorous diet with a preference for small foods.
– Offer high-quality flake food, micro pellets, and live or frozen foods.

**Behavior and Compatibility:**
– Generally peaceful and social; best kept in groups of 6 or more.
– Suitable for community tanks with other small to medium-sized, non-aggressive species.

**Water Maintenance:**
– Regular 20-30% water changes to maintain water quality.
– Monitor water parameters and ensure stability.

– Egg scatterer with moderate breeding difficulty.
– Provide fine-leaved plants or a spawning mop for egg attachment.
– Consider a separate breeding tank for egg protection.

**General Tips:**
– Observe behavior for health and compatibility.
– Maintain good water quality and provide a balanced diet.
– Avoid overcrowding to prevent stress-related issues.

Please consider consulting additional reliable resources to confirm care requirements for specific species, as care details can vary.

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