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Filamentosa Barb

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Filamentosa Barb

The filamentosa barb is also called the mascara barb or black spot barb, but the true mascara barb is a slightly different species called Daw. assimilis. Similar in appearance and behavior, the mascara barb is a bit less common and has more color along the lateral line of the body, and male mascara barbs do not sport as long a dorsal fin.

The male filamentosa barb gets a lacy long colorful dorsal fin - hence filamentosa, and color highlites on the body that look like makeup - hence sometimes called the mascara barb. These barbs are rare and wild from India and seldom seen in the trade - one reason they are a bit pricey. The good news is that these fish are hardy and adapt well to aquariums.

  • Scientific Name:  Dawkinsia filamentosus
  • Origin: Southeast Asia
  • Lifespan: 8 Years
  • Max size: 3 1/2 inches
  • Food: Flake, live, frozen
  • Shipping Size: Approx. 2 inches