Striped Barb is one of the larger barbs and also the adults can attain a length of 5 inch. Its body is silvery, marked with four dark blue to black lateral stripes extending from just behind the gill covers to the tail root.
The female is similarly marked, but less well defined, and also the stripes on her body are just a little wider than the male’s. They’ve two pairs of barbels.
Spawning striped barb is challenging. The water should be soft and preferably slightly acid and at a temperature of 77 – 79° F.