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Striped Flying Barbs ( Esomus Lineatus )

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:18 am
by CatWhat
I was wondering if anyone knew anything about these guys. I have been researching them but I am unable to find very much information on them. Thanks.

Re: Striped Flying Barbs ( Esomus Lineatus )

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 7:36 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
Don't know anything about them, but I sure like the name! Stripe Flying Barbs...now you've got me curious. (Pardon me while I Google.)

Re: Striped Flying Barbs ( Esomus Lineatus )

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 8:21 am
by essabee
It was among the fishes that I used to keep some 50 years ago. I used to catch them just after dark using a long handled net in one hand and a long stick and a torch in the other (my fish rod with the torch attached). At night these fishes come to the surface of the water and you can see them swimming with your torch. If you position the net about half an yard in front of the fish taking care not to touch the water - and then touch the water with the stick behind the fish - it jumps and lands in the net.

It feeds on flying insect at night and during the day will take any sinking aquarium food if it fits its tiny mouth. Peaceful active but take care as it is a jumper and unless your aquarium is covered you will lose all these fishes - finding them dead and dry on the floor in the morning.

In these parts, it's a common fish sold for food in the market under the local name "mou ro la". Although they are tiny (max 2 inches) and a pain to clean but the cooked pickle of these fishes is considered a delicacy. BTW - fish is not part of my menu though I am not a vegan.

There is a very similar fish (Esomus danricus) which is more than twice the size of this fish with a less marked line and a pair of long single strand mustache which goes by the same local name but is not as well preferred as this one for food purposes. :shrug: Both fish have very similar habits and preferences in the aquarium.

Re: Striped Flying Barbs ( Esomus Lineatus )

PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:43 am
by C. Andrew Nelson
Thank for the info. What a great story! It must have been fun catching them.

I need to find a photo of these fish.