Max Size: 12cm

Striped Barb (Desmopuntius johorensis)

Striped Barbs, Desmopuntius johorensis, are one of the more notable Barb species. It is an active schooling fish that needs plenty of open space to swim.

There is a ton of movement in a community aquarium when these barbs are present. It will coexist well with tankmates that are comparably sized or bigger. The Striped Barb is a generally peaceful and extremely hardy fish.

Striped Barbs need tankmates of similar size and temperament, as well as soft, acidic environments. Other Barbs, larger Cyprinids like Garras, Algae Eaters, Sharks, Rasboras, and Danios, as well as Pencilfish, larger Killifish, and peaceful Loaches, are good examples.

It is best to maintain Striped Barbs in large groups; six is considered the minimum, and ten or more is ideal. It is best to keep these Barbs in decent numbers so that the fish will be less skittish and the display will look more natural and effective. As males compete with one another for female attention, they will also display their best colours.

In a well-established, heavily planted aquarium, Striped Barbs will thrive, and their colours will intensify. Additionally, shady caves and spindly driftwood will help them settle in, along with dark substrates and backgrounds. Water movement should not be too strong, but filtration should be efficient.

With its distinctive pattern, the Striped Barb is an attractive fish. These Barbs have a silvery pinkish-peach body colouration accompanied by 5 or 6 dark blue, almost black lateral stripes. Their lower lips are thin and smooth, all their fins are transparent, and the rays of their dorsal fin are serrated.


Striped barb
Striped barb
Striped barb
Stripped Barbs
Quick Facts
Scientific NameDesmopuntius johorensis
Year Described1904
Other NamesBanded Barb, Lined Barb
OriginsIndonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan2 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.0 - 7.0
GH2 - 12
TDS18 -179
73 - 77℉
22.8 - 25℃


In the home aquarium, the Striped 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

Identifying males from females of the Striped Barb is relatively straightforward. A male is often slightly smaller, has darker bands, and exhibits more intense colouring. Contrary to males, females are generally larger, duller, and have thicker stripes.

Other Barbs of interest

African Banded Barb(Barbus fasciolatus)
Arulius Barb(Dawkinsia arulius, Puntius arulius)
Black Ruby Barb(Pethia nigrofasciata)
Blue Spotted Hill Trout(Barilius bakeri)
Borneo Red Fin Silver Shark(Cyclocheilichthys janthochir)
Butterfly Barb(Barbus hulstaerti)
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Date Added: 29/09/2020 - Updated: 22/08/2022 16:10:48