Sucker Barb (Barbichthys laevis)
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284 Litres (75 US G.)
25-30 cm (9.8-11.8")
6.0 - 7.0
23 -26 °C (73.4-78.8°F)
- 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.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )