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The Drape Fin Barb, scientifically known as Barbus hulstaerti, is a captivating and lesser-known freshwater fish species that brings a unique and elegant charm to planted or community aquariums. With its striking finnage and peaceful demeanor, the Drape Fin Barb is a true gem that will enhance the beauty and tranquility of your aquatic habitat.


The Drape Fin Barb showcases a distinctive appearance, featuring elongated and gracefully curved dorsal and anal fins, resembling the elegant drapery of fabric. Their subdued yet visually captivating coloration, typically featuring shades of silver and black, adds to their charm. These barbs are known for their gentle and peaceful nature, making them excellent tankmates for a variety of community fish species.


These fish are best kept in small groups, which allows them to display their natural schooling behavior and feel secure in the aquarium. They are generally non-aggressive and contribute to the overall harmony of the tank.


Caring for the Drape Fin Barb involves creating a stable environment with appropriate water parameters. They thrive in freshwater with specific requirements, including stable temperature, pH, and water hardness levels. A well-planted aquarium with driftwood and hiding spots will provide them with the ideal habitat. Their diet should consist of high-quality flake foods, pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods for variety.


Water Parameters:

  • Temperature: 72-78°F (22-26°C)
  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • Water Hardness (GH): 5-12 dGH


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Our team of experts is always happy to provide personalized guidance and answer any questions you may have about the care of the Drape Fin Barb.

Drape Fin Barb

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