Max Size: 7.5cm

Snyders Barb (Puntius snyderi)

Snyder's Barbs, Puntius snyderi, are not only a rare import from northern and central Taiwan, but they are also a peaceful and relatively hardy species that are perfect for well-researched community aquariums.

Snyders Barbs should be maintained in groups of at least six individuals due to their shoaling nature. The aquarium will appear more natural if they are kept in larger groups. Additionally, there should be a mix of both sexes, with the males quickly displaying intense red colouration on the lower half of their bodies when they are ready to spawn, which is quite an impressive sight.

Siamese Algae Eaters and Garra species, as well as comparable-sized Barbs, Danios and Rasboras, may be suitable tankmates for Snyder's Barbs. Other potential tankmates could include Loaches, Plecos and Catfish.

This fish would benefit from an aquarium setup that includes plants at the back and sides, driftwood, and an open swimming area in the middle. Plants with soft, fine-leaved foliage will be nipped by these Barbs; therefore, choose species that are more robust or proliferate. In addition, these Barbs will also require efficient filtration, adequate oxygenation, and moderate water movement.

The silvery green colour of Synder's Barbs develops into a rainbow colouration as they mature. There are four to five variably arranged dark vertical marks along the body's midline, as well as tiny, indistinct barbels, which are not always present.


Snyders Barb
Snyders Barb
Snyders Barb
Snyders Barb
Quick Facts
Scientific NamePuntius snyderi
Year Described1919
Other NamesNone
OriginsChina, Taiwan
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH2 - 20
TDS36 - 357
64 - 75℉
17.8 - 23.9℃


In the home aquarium, the Snyders Barb will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

Differentiating male and female Snyder's Barbs is relatively easy. In adult females, the belly is usually rounder than in males, and they are generally slightly larger. Sexually mature males, on the other hand, develop red pigmentation on the lower body and tend to be slimmer.

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Date Added: 08/07/2021 14:08:15 - Updated: 22/08/2022 14:38:26