Max Size: 15cm

Clown Barb (Barbodes everetti, Puntius everetti, Barbodes dunckeri)

Clown Barbs, Puntius everetti are medium-sized, active, hardy, and relatively peaceful fish that you should house in an aquarium at least 110 litres long. The ideal number of individuals for a shoal is six or more. It will be fascinating and attractive to have an aquarium full of these colourful Barbs. Moreover, any aggressive behaviour will usually be restricted as these fish focus on preserving their hierarchy.

Aquarists with some experience should only keep Clown Barbs in aquariums that are exclusively for their species. In spite of the fact that this very tough fish is moderately easy to maintain, they need the right tank conditions and compatible tankmates to thrive.

In a community aquarium, Barbs usually do well, but they can nip fins and intimidate other fish. Several species of Barbs, Devarios, Rasboras and Barilius, can be kept together in the same tank if they are similar in size and temperament. The Nemacheilid and Balitorid Loaches make excellent companions as well.

Clown Barbs prefer a well-planted aquarium; however, they will nibble on plants, so include hardy varieties like Anubias sp and Java fern that thrive in warm water. Make sure there is plenty of space in the middle of the tank for swimming by placing them around the sides and back of the tank. Make sure you have a few woody and rocky hiding places.

As this species is sensitive to pollutants, the aquarium must undergo frequent partial water changes. To thrive, these fish also require well-oxygenated water, particularly if they're kept at high temperatures.

The Clown Barb is shaped like a torpedo. Their upper body is orange-brown, their sides are orange-red, and their belly is yellow to white. As a result, it has a reddish-gold sheen. In addition, they have dark, spotted band-like markings on their sides, as well as red fins and sometimes a hint of red in their iris.

These Barbs lack an adipose fin and only have one dorsal fin. They also have a forked tail. This fish appears rather clownish as a result of all of these factors.


Clown Barb
Clown Barb
Quick Facts
Scientific NameBarbodes everetti, Puntius everetti, Barbodes dunckeri
Year Described1894
Other NamesEverett's Barb
OriginsIndonesia, Malaysia
Aquarium LevelAll Levels
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan4 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 7.0
GH8 - 12
TDS36 - 215
79 - 82℉
26.1 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Clown Barb will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively straightforward to distinguish male from female Clown Barbs. Mature males develop a more intense colour pattern and have more slender bodies than females. They also exhibit noticeable tubercules on their head when they are in breeding condition. In contrast, females are heavier bodied, grow a little larger than males and are less colourful.

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Date Added: 28/06/2021 13:44:52 - Updated: 11/08/2022 12:14:40