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Barbus (Puntius) binotatus (Spotted Barb, Sarawak barb)

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A fairly large barb best suited to aquaria containing other fish of similar size. Completely peaceful, it is not a fin nipping species, and is generally playful and lively. Must be kept in a fair sized group, ideally at least 6 specimens.

Will eat all types of food, including very small fish and soft-leaved plants. For this reason, choose tankmates and plants with care.

Both sexes are silver with a black patch below the dorsal fin and a black spot at the base of the tail. Males tend to be more slender.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Relatively easy to spawn, but the size of the adults make this an infrequently bred species. Soft, acidic water is essential, and the fish scatter eggs among plants. Use one male to two females. Remove the parents after they have spawned. The eggs hatch after about a day, and the free swimming fry can eat foods as large as newly hatched brine shrimp.

Family Group: Barbs
Distribution South East Asia
Temperature 24-26 C
Size Up to 18 cm
Water Parameters Soft, acidic water preferred, but adaptable.
Water PH 6.5-7.5

Useful sources of information:

For a well illustrated and detailed reference guide on this and many other fish, consider the Baensch Aquarium Atlases. Volume 1 contains all the common species, and later volumes cover more unusual species. You can buy these books here.