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Five Banded Pentazona Barb

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Common & Latin Name: Pentazona Barb, Five Banded Barb (Desmopuntius pentazona)

Care level: Easy
Max Size: 5cm
Diet: Omnivore
Temp: 25°C
PH: 6.5-7
Approximate purchase size: 2.5-4cm

How easy are they to keep? Pentazona Barbs are very easy to keep. Emulate their natural habitat by providing plenty of plants and bogwood with a gentle flow. Using a dark substrate will help enhance the beautiful colours of this fish.

How big do they grow? Fully grown adults have been known to reach 5cm in size. Males are usually slightly smaller and show more red colouration.

What is the best sized tank for these? A minimum of 50L is recommended for a shoal of 6 fish. Pentazona barbs will do best in groups of a minimum of six and will then display their natural colours and behaviors.

What is best to feed them? Being omnivores, its best to feed a wide range of foods, such as bloodworm, daphnia, good quality flake and algae tablets. We carry a wide range of foods at Delta Aqurium.

What water conditions do they require? Slightly acidic is best for these fish, however a stable ph between 6-7 will be suitable. Temperatures of 24-26°C are best for keeping these Barbs.

What can they be kept with? These non aggressive fish should be kept with similar sized, peaceful fish, such as Tetra, Gouramis and other Barbs (Please see our compatibility chart for more info). Pentazona barbs are a great substitute for its larger more aggressive cousin, the Tiger Barb. They look very similar but without the "Fin Nipping" aspect.

Where are they from? Native to parts of southern Borneo, eastern Sumatra, Singapore, and the Malay Peninsula.

Can they be bred in captivity? Yes. In good mature water conditions eggs may become fry with no intervention. Our Pentazona barbs are commercially bred for the trade.

If you require any advice on keeping these fish, please contact us and speak to member of the team.

IS IT OK TO BUY TROPICAL FISH ONLINE?

Answer: Yes, fish are absolutely fine to be shipped, fish stores have their fish shipped to them also so it doesn't make a difference whether buying online or at a store. Your fish will have been shipped at some point. We want our quality livestock to be delivered in the best condition. We use high-quality poly boxes and heat packs. We ensure the bags are filled with pure oxygen and double bagged. We also use a reliable 24-hour licensed courier.

WHAT ARE THE BEST TROPICAL FISH TO BUY FOR BEGINNERS?

Answer: The 20 Best tropical fish for beginners we recommend are: Guppies – Poecilia reticulata Neon Tetras – Paracheirodon innesi Platy – Xiphophorus maculatus Zebra Danio – Danio rerio Dwarf Gourami – Trichogaster lalius Betta – Betta Splendens Silver Dollar – Metynnis argenteus Peppered Corydoras Catfish – Corydoras paleatus Tiger Barb – Barbus tetrazona Swordtail – Xiphophorous helleri Cardinal Tetra – Paracheirodon axelrodi Firemouth Cichlid Dwarf Cichlid Plecostomus – Hypostomus plecostomus Killifish – Fundulus majalis Mollies – Poecilia sphenops Cherry barb – Puntius titteya Harlequin Rasbora – Trigonostigma heteromorpha Loaches – Cobitidae Angelfish – Pterophyllum scalare

WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT KEEPING TROPICAL FISH?

Answer: If you are thinking of keeping tropical fish, you need to know about the following main things: Size of your aquarium Firstly decide how much space you have for your new fish tank. Always go as big as you can fit, the bigger the better with fish keeping. Deciding what to fish to keep This will depend on the size of your aquarium. Research how big a fish is and will grow to. Small community to medium sized community set-ups are best to start with, unless you’re looking to create a biotope or species tank. Cycling your aquarium This is a very important part of keeping your cold water or tropical aquarium. Your filter is just a sponge and is no different than your washing-up sponge…until it’s “cycled” and loaded with beneficial bacteria. Maintaining your aquarium You should clean your tank on a weekly basis. A small 10-20% water change will help remove any build up of waste. Siphon your substrate and clean the glass, this will keep your tank nice and clean for your fish.

DO TROPICAL FISH NEED A HEATER?

Answer: Yes, tropical fish will require a heater. A heater ensures the temperature stays steady during the course of the day. Generally, 25°C is the optimum temperature to keep most tropical fish, this is similar to what they are used to in their natural habitat.

WHAT OTHER EQUIPMENT DO YOU ADVISE FOR KEEPING TROPICAL FISH?

Answer: The equipment you will need when it comes to caring for tropical fish include: A suitable fish tank Aquarium lighting Substrates and aquarium plants to help create a healthy ecosystem A filter system to keep your water clean and clear An aquarium heater A thermometer to keep to checks that the temperature is stable Aquarium test kits to check pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels Cleaning tools

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FEED MY TROPICAL FISH?

Answer: In general, most tropical fish thrive on one or two feedings per day. You’ll need to adjust the quantity of food according to the size and quantity of fish in your tank. If your aquarium is new and you have just added your first fish, feed every other day and count the amount of food you are adding. A “pinch” is not accurate enough and may lead to overfeeding your fish.

What is Backorder?

Answer: Available on backorder means we do not have the item currently in stock but are able to order it in and get it out to you quickly.

What is your special local delivery

Answer: This is where we can deliver livestock to you ourselves to save it going to a courier. This means it will be handled with optimum care same day within the local area of our shop.

If you have any questions about this product please feel free to contact us and speak to a member of the team.

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If you live within a 10 mile radius of Birmingham University, and your order is £30 or over (not including postage), you qualify for the option to use our Delta Prime delivery service. This means delivery is at a discounted rate and is also hand delivered by ourselves. For livestock this means there’s no overnight shipping, and hand delivered with care by us. Once your order has been placed, we will contact you to arrange time for delivery. Depending on booking slots, orders placed before 12pm, can be delivered the same day or whenever suits you.

 

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