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T-Barb

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Scientific Name:   Puntius lateristriga      
Min. Tank Size:   90 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful   
Temperature:   72-79°F      
pH:   6.0-7.0/1-10°dGH      
Size:   7"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      
 

Compatibility:

Giant Danios, Loaches, Characins, Catfish, Cichlids, and other Barbs.

T-Barb

Also known as the Spanner Barb, the T-Barb originates in Asia where it can be found in Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Singapore. These fish predominantly inhabit hill streams and pools that form at the bottom of waterfalls but they can also be found in wide, slow-flowing rivers and blackwater streams. This species is one of the larger species of Barb, typically achieving a maximum height around 7 inches. Due to their size, these fish should not be kept with smaller, more timid species.

Tank Set-up

T-Barbs are a boisterous species that can be very active when kept in groups with six or more of their own species. Though they can adapt to a variety of tank conditions, these fish prefer sand or gravel substrate as well as high levels of oxygen and water flow. T-Barbs thrive in tanks kept at a slightly acidic pH and they are likely to enjoy the addition of rock decor and driftwood branches. Provide plenty of open space for swimming.

Feeding

These fish are omnivorous by nature, feeding primarily on plant matter, crustaceans, worms and insects. In the home aquarium, T-Barbs are unfussy and should be offered a staple diet of high-quality flakes or granules. This diet may be supplemented by nutritious live and frozen foods such as Artemia, Daphnia and bloodworms along with Spirulina flakes or blanched vegetables.

Breeding

This species is easily bred in captivity and can be spawned her in pairs or in groups with at least six specimens of each sex. These fish are egg layers and thus prefer a breeding tank outfitted with plenty of fine-leaved plants. The breeding tank should be kept at a pH around 7.0 and a temperature between 80 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The parents should be removed from the tank after spawning because they are likely to eat their own young. Eggs typically hatch after 24 to 48 hours and the fry will become free-swimming after an additional 24 hours or so.



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