Spanner Barb (Puntius lateristriga)

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Spanner Barb

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Spanner Barb

Puntius lateristriga

Moderate

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 6.5

[[Minimum temperature::25 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::28 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

8-10 °d

1:2 M:F

5-8 years



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Additional names

Spanner Barb, T-Barb

Additional scientific names

Barbus lateristriga, Barbodes lateristriga, Systomus lateristriga


Origin

This fish comes from the Malay Peninsular and Borneo.

Sexing

Females will be more rounded in the belly.

Tank compatibility

These are very active shoaling fish that should be in groups of at least 6 of their own kind. Should only be kept with similar sized robust fish, nothing shy or long-finned, such as larger Danios and Barbs. They are bigger than many of the barbs commonly kept in aquariums, but not as aggressive as the Tiger Barb.

Diet

Feeding regime

Environment Specifics

Requires a spacious and long tank, for a group of adults a very large tank over 208 Litres (55 US G.) is required due to these fish's very high activity levels. In the wild, the Spanner Barb comes from very well oxygenated acidic water (pH between 6.0 and 6.5) with not much hardness. However, they are fairly adaptable and will tolerate pH up to 7.2, and moderate hardness. They will do alright in an aquarium with neutral pH, a temperature of between 23 and 29 degrees C (73 and 84 degrees F), and reasonable hardness. Make sure the aquarium is well oxygenated.

Behaviour

An extremely active mid-dwelling shoaling fish.

Identification

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