Filamentosa Barb "Dawkinsia filamentosa"

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Size

55 gallon


Black, Green, Orange, Yellow



Water Conditions

Slightly acidic (6.0-7.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), brackish (1.015ppm), 68 to 76 degrees Fahrenheit

General: The Filamentosa Barb is commonly recognized as the "Teardrop Barb" after the black eyespot near the caudal fin. This species is endemic to the brackish rivers, estuaries, and marshes of the Western Ghats Mountains of India.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.0-7.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (3-12 dGH), brackish (1.015ppm)

Aquarium Diet: Brine shrimp, blackworms, spirulina, general flake, omnivore pellet

Dimorphism: The male Filamentosa Barb will mature into a flashy green, red, and yellow coloration, while the female will maintain her basic silver, red, and yellow pattern. Female Filamentosa Barb will grow to a larger size than the male.

Compatibility: This semi-aggressive brackish species is capable of living with other brackish species such as Mono Sebae (Monodactylus sebae) or even with other semi-aggressive freshwater species.

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