Sucker Barb (Barbichthys laevis)

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Sucker Barb

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Sucker Barb

Barbichthys laevis

284 Litres (75 US G.)

25-30 cm (9.8-11.8")




6.0 - 7.0

23 -26 °C (73.4-78.8°F)

5-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years



Additional names

Sucker Barb, Highfin Shark

Additional scientific names

Barbichthys laevis nitidus, Barbichthys laevis sumatranus, Barbichthys nitidus, Barbus brachynemus, Barbus gobioides, Barbus laevis

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and Java; Mekong and Chao Phraya basins

Sexing[edit | edit source]

This fish is very difficult to visually sex, mature females maybe more rounded in the belly.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A large and generally peaceful fish that should be kept with similar-sized peaceful fish such as Tin Foil Barbs. May be a threat to very small fish and fish fry. Should not be kept with long-finned and slow-moving fish, nor with very aggressive fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods, feed sinking pellets and flake as well as blanched vegetables such as cucumber and zucchini, will also accept daphnia and other similar live foods.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day, this fish will only feed along the bottom of the tank.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

A large spacious tank with good filtration is essential. They must be provided with places to hide and can do well in larger planted tanks.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful bottom dweller.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A striking shark-like fish with a long and deeply-forked caudal fin, the caudal has a dark horizontal band on each lobe. The body is slender and silver in colour with a tall pointed dark dorsal fin.

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