Filament Barb (Dawkinsia filamentosa)

From The Aquarium Wiki
(Redirected from Black Spot Barb)
Jump to: navigation, search

Filament Barb

Dawkinsia filamentosa.png
Filament Barb

Dawkinsia filamentosa

Moderate

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 7.0

[[Minimum temperature::68 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::75 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

5-10 °d

1:3 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-8 years

Family

Cyprinidae



[[Category:]]

Additional names

Filament Barb, Black Spot Barb

Additional scientific names

Barbus filamentosa, Systomus filamentosus, Leuciscus filamentosus, Systomus maderaspatensis, Puntius filamentosus


Origin

Asia: India

Sexing

Males are larger and have a "filamented" dorsal fin, an elongated spike on their dorsal fin. They also develop small white spots around their nose when they're spawning.

Tank compatibility

A large fish, best in large communities who don't mind living with very active fish, such as the Giant Danio. These fish like to be in groups of 5 or more.

Diet

Not a fussy eater, most foods accepted, including bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

This fish prefers a laterally long spacious tank, minimum 4ft, with lots of open swimming room.

Behaviour

Very active fish, can get boisterous during spawning.

Identification

Typical barb in shape, large iridescent green/blue/silver scales, with a large spot on the flanks towards the tail. Tail is a scissor shape and tipped with black and red bands. Males have an extended dorsal spike.

Hybrids

Hybrids between P. filamentosus and Puntius arulius has been produced back in 1970s. The hybrids are fertile, unlike most other Puntius crosses, which results in hybrid males only and are infertile.

Pictures

External links