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Spawning Drape Fin Barbs

by TFH Magazine on February 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

By Nicholas P. Kalodimos, MESM, MS

In the March 2012 issue of TFH, an unique barb was described in the article “The Unusual Drape Fin Barb.” These are strange barbs that break the typical barb mold. They are somewhat similar to the sailfin tetra (Crenuchus spilurus) with their calmer activity levels, their overall visual pattern, and the large, robust head and mouth of the male. At the same time, the drape fin barb’s display and combat behavior (and, oddly enough, the sailfin tetra’s reproductive behavior) have been described as cichlid-like—how odd a fish!

The author took a video of his barbs exhibiting their interesting spawning behavior in the aquarium.

http://youtu.be/7ToeY6yL29U

Photograph by Nicholas P. Kalodimos.

Posted in Aquatic Videos by TFH Magazine on February 10th, 2012 at 12:37 pm.

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