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Black-spot barb - Puntius filamentosus
Scientific name: Puntius filamentosus
Common name: Black-spot barb
Usual size in fish tanks: 13 - 15 cm (5.12 - 5.91 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 10°N (89.29 - 178.57ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 24 °C (68 - 75.2°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Black-spot barbs are not fussy eaters. They will accept quality flakes and blood worm or brine shrimp should be offered as a treat.
South East India; Black-spot barbs are native in the Kaveri River basin.
Males will have a larger dorsal fin which should finish in a spike. In spawning season the males will develop white spots around the mouth.
Use a dimly lit tank for breeding purposes. Add to the tank fine leaved plants or a spawning mop and provide slow water current. The fish will normally spawn at day break and will try to eat the eggs if not removed from them. The eggs should hatch between 24-48 hours later and the fry, when free swimming should be fed on Infusoria initially. After a few days the fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Puntius filamentosus is 2-8 years.
Puntius filamentosus are ideal for a community tank, they are quite happy with larger tank mates as well. They should be kept in small groups of at least 5 fish.