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Barbodes lateristriga - Spanner barb, T BarbMagyarul / Hungarian
Barbodes lateristriga - Spanner barb, T BarbBarbodes lateristriga - Spanner barb, T BarbBarbodes lateristriga - Spanner barb, T BarbBarbodes lateristriga - Spanner barb, T Barb
  • Scientific name: Barbodes lateristriga
  • Synonyms: Puntius lateristriga, Barbus lateristriga, Systomus lateristriga
  • Common name: Spanner barb, T Barb
  • Group: Cyprinids
  • Habitat: Asia; Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo
  • Size: 18 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits in forested hill streams and in ponds under waterfalls, where the water is very clear and well-oxygenated. Sometimes they collected from blackwater streams.
  • Social behavior: A generally peaceful and active shoaling fish. Can be kept in a species aquarium or be combined with other non-aggressive species of similar size. Juveniles can be kept in groups, while adults become more solitary.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; in nature they eat worms, insects, crustaceans and also plant materials. In the aquarium give them small live and frozen foods, and quality dried foods and vegetables.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 250 litres
  • Population: 5-6 fishes for 250 litres
  • Decoration: Use a sand or gravel substrate with some larger smooth rocks. Add some hardy plants, such as Java moss or Anubias, which can be attached to driftwood or roots.
  • Temperature: 25-28 °C
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 1-10NK°
  • Lifespan: 5-8 years

Description: The young are blotched with irregular black patches which become more intense as the fish matures. Adult fish are dark brownish olive on the back, becoming lighter on the sides to white on the ventral surface. It has a black, vertical blotch in the middle of its body, above the origin of its pelvic fin. It has a second black, vertical blotch above its anal fin, and a third black bar or blotch on the base of the caudal fin, though less well defined as the other two blotches. The fins are thin and transparent or transluscent. Dorsal fins are longer on the male, and shorter and more fully edges on female. Males have an eruption indicating by their spawning condition, around the mouth (small white spots). Females are rounder. The Arulius barb reaches full color late in life and is often overlooked for this reason. As with many barbs, nippy behavior is common, but alleviated by keeping the fish in numbers of at least 5-6 individuals in the aquarium, while taking into account the space requirements of the adult size of 4-5 inches (10-12 cm).

For breeding use a large tank with thickets of fine-leaved plants. The fish will spawn near the surface after an active swimming ritual. These fish will lay sticky eggs on any plants in the breeding tank. Usually lays less than 100 eggs. As with most barbs, the parents must be removed after spawning or the eggs will be eaten. The eggs will hatch after 24-48 hours and when the fry are free swimming they should be fed on Infusoria, later give them newly hatched brine shrimp.

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