Spanner Barb (Barbodes Lateristriga) Fish Species Profile
The Spanner barb is a hardy, active and relatively peaceful fish although it can be a little boisterous and may chase some fishes; however, if the aquarium is large enough it will make an ideal fish for the community aquarium.
The Spanner Barb has a golden body with pinkish fins. They display three dark bar markings that represent a shape of a spanner, hence their name.
The first marking is just behind the gill cover and forward of the dorsal fin, the second bar is below the forward end of the dorsal into which the colouring extends, and then the third is a lateral line that extends from the fork of the caudal fin to just below the rear of the dorsal.
There are also four spots, two of which are on the tail, one is on the back, just behind the dorsal, and the last spot is on the lower body near the forward edge of the anal fin.
|Scientific Name||Barbodes Lateristriga|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||up to 8 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 18 cm|
|Temperature||73 - 84 ℉ (22.8 - 28.9 ℃)|
|GH||4 - 12|
The Spanner Barb is native to southeastern Asia where it is found in Sumatra, Borneo, Malay Peninsula, Java, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
They inhabit clear oxygen-rich streams and prefer mountain areas with a lot of rocks and boulders to hide among commonly throughout the base of waterfalls.
The Spanner Barb is straightforward to feed as it will accept almost all types of food. It will be best to provide them with a varied diet based around flake food, but it will also need to contain live and frozen food as well as vegetable matter. This arrangement will guarantee your fish to maintain their best colours.