Spanner Barb
Behaviour Active, peaceful, boisterous
Typical size 14cm
Max size 18cm
Tank Area Middle, bottom
Min Tank Size 120cm
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, pellet, frozen, live. Feed a varied diet with some meaty foods
pH Range 6-8
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Adult Spanner barb Puntius lateristriga
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Spanner Barb

Puntius lateristriga

The Spanner barb is a hardy aquarium fish although it can be a little boisterous and may chase some fishes. Taking this into account it should only be kept with other medium-large active and robust fishes. When young the fish will group together but as they age individuals will prefer their own space. As the fish is active and grows to 18cm, a large tank (120cm min) is required. Provide open swimming spaces with hiding spots amongst tough plants and wood. Do not keep with timid fishes.

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus lateristriga, Barbus zelleri, Systomus lateristriga, Barbodes lateristriga | Other names T-Barb | Origin Southeast Asia | Breeding Egg scatterer, eggs will adhere to plants. Spawns amongst vegetation, eggs hatch after 48 hours | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-6.5, soft to medium | Natural Habitat Clear flowing waters, rocky mountain streams, and ponds | Sexing Males are thinner and sometimes more brightly coloured

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