Snakeskin Barb (Desmopuntius Rhomboocellatus) Fish Species Profile
The Snakeskin Barb is a small, active, peaceful species that will make great additions to the planted or community aquarium with other temperate species.
These fish have a red-orange body colouration with dark green body markings that look almost like teardrops which give this beautiful species its common name the Snakeskin Barb.
They have relatively small eyes which are located within the first body splotch, the dorsal fin has a black and yellow edge and the anal, pectoral and caudal fins are transparent.
|Scientific Name||Desmopuntius Rhomboocellatus|
|Other Names||Rhombo Barb, Orange Buffalo Barb, Red Ocellated Barb|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||3 - 5 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 5.5 cm|
|Temperature||68 - 82 ℉ (20 - 27.8 ℃)|
|PH||4.0 - 7.0|
|GH||3 - 12|
|TDS||18 - 90|
The Snakeskin Barb is native to Western and Central Kalimantan in Borneo, Indonesia in Southeast Asia. They inhabit still, tannin-stained backwaters from fallen leaves, submerged roots, tree branches, and decaying organic matter.
You will find them in peat swamps with loads of dense riparian vegetation and submersed aquatic plants or grass where they will feed on small insects, worms, crustaceans, and other zooplankton.
Snakeskin Barbs will accept most dried foods relatively small in size, but you shouldn't make this their primary food source. You will also need to feed them little live, freeze-dried and frozen food such as brine shrimp, daphnia and equivalent. That will give your fish the best colouration and will encourage the fish to come into breeding status.