Filament Barb (Dawkinsia filamentosa)

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Filament Barb

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Filament Barb

Dawkinsia filamentosa

246 Litres (65 US G.)

12.7-17.8cm (5-7 ")




6.0 - 7.0

20-23.9°C (68 -75 °F)

5-10 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-8 years



Additional names

Filament Barb, Black Spot Barb

Additional scientific names

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

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: India

Sexing[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

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

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Very active fish, can get boisterous during spawning.

Identification[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

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