Spanner Barb (Puntius lateristriga)

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Spanner Barb

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Spanner Barb

Puntius lateristriga

208 Litres (55 US G.)

15.2-17.8cm (6-7 ")




6.0 - 6.5

25 -28 °C (77-82.4°F)

8-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Spanner Barb, T-Barb

Additional scientific names

Barbus lateristriga, Barbodes lateristriga, Systomus lateristriga


This fish comes from the Malay Peninsular and Borneo.


Females will be more rounded in the belly.

Tank compatibility[edit]

These are very active shoaling fish that should be in groups of at least 6 of their own kind. Should only be kept with similar sized robust fish, nothing shy or long-finned, such as larger Danios and Barbs. They are bigger than many of the barbs commonly kept in aquariums, but not as aggressive as the Tiger Barb.

Environment specifics[edit]

Requires a spacious and long tank, for a group of adults a very large tank over 208 Litres (55 US G.) is required due to these fish's very high activity levels. In the wild, the Spanner Barb comes from very well oxygenated acidic water (pH between 6.0 and 6.5) with not much hardness. However, they are fairly adaptable and will tolerate pH up to 7.2, and moderate hardness. They will do alright in an aquarium with neutral pH, a temperature of between 23 and 29 degrees C (73 and 84 degrees F), and reasonable hardness. Make sure the aquarium is well oxygenated.


An extremely active mid-dwelling shoaling fish.


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