Sucker Barb (Barbichthys laevis)
From The Aquarium Wiki
6.0 - 7.0
- Sucker Barb, Highfin Shark
Additional scientific names
- Barbichthys laevis nitidus, Barbichthys laevis sumatranus, Barbichthys nitidus, Barbus brachynemus, Barbus gobioides, Barbus laevis
- Asia: Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and Java; Mekong and Chao Phraya basins
- This fish is very difficult to visually sex, mature females maybe more rounded in the belly.
- 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.
- 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.
- Feed once or twice a day, this fish will only feed along the bottom of the tank.
- 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.
- A peaceful bottom dweller.
- 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.
- Fishbase (Mirrors: )