Barbodes lateristriga, the spanner barb or T-barb, is a species of cyprinid fish native to the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It can reach a length of 18 centimetres (7.1 in) TL. This species can also be found in the aquarium trade.
Distribution and habitat
This species is an inhabitant of clear streams in mountain areas, particularly common at the base of waterfalls. They are native to the Malay Peninsula and Borneo. It prefers areas with plentiful boulders and rocky stream beds.
The spanner barb scatters it eggs in the substrate and then abandons them.
In the aquarium
In an aquarium the spanner barb will adapt to water up to a pH of 7.2, and can live in slightly harder water than in their natural habitat. They are a mostly peaceful fish if kept in a school of at least five fish, but their large size makes them unsuited to a community of small fish.
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- Kottelat, M. (2013): The Fishes of the Inland Waters of Southeast Asia: A Catalogue and Core Bibliography of the Fishes Known to Occur in Freshwaters, Mangroves and Estuaries. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 2013, Supplement No. 27: 1–663.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Puntius lateristriga" in FishBase. October 2013 version.
- Age of Aquariums: http://www.aquahobby.com/gallery/e_tbarb.php
- Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XQqYeWFLN0
- Spanner Barb Fact Sheet: http://www.bettatrading.com.au/Spanner-Barb-Fact-Sheet.php