Enteromius hulstaerti, also known as the Butterfly Barb:
– Adults typically reach a maximum size of about 1.5 inches (4 cm).
– Suitable for smaller aquariums, a tank of at least 10 gallons can suffice for a small group.
– Provide dense vegetation and hiding places, such as plants and driftwood.
– Temperature: 63°F to 75°F (17°C to 24°C).
– pH: 6.0 to 7.5.
– Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water.
– Use live plants like Java moss, Anubias, and small leafed plants.
– Create hiding spots and visual barriers with driftwood, rocks, and plants.
– Omnivorous species with a preference for small foods.
– Offer high-quality micro pellets, flake food, and small frozen or live foods like daphnia, baby brine shrimp, and micro worms.
**Behavior and Compatibility:**
– Peaceful and schooling fish suitable for community tanks.
– Keep them in groups of at least 6 or more to encourage natural behavior.
– Compatible with other small, non-aggressive fish that share similar water conditions.
– Perform regular water changes of 20-30% to maintain water quality.
– Keep an eye on water parameters and maintain stable conditions.
– These fish are egg scatterers.
– Provide fine-leaved plants or a spawning mop for them to lay eggs.
– Parents may eat the eggs, so consider using a separate breeding tank.
– Raise the fry on infusoria and later baby brine shrimp.
– Pay attention to their behavior and interaction with tankmates.
– Provide proper tank maintenance and good water quality to ensure their well-being.
– Avoid overcrowding, as it can lead to stress and health issues.
As always, while the above information provides a general guideline, individual fish may have their own preferences and behaviors. Regular observation and adjustments to care are important for maintaining the health and happiness of your Butterfly Barbs.