Fish Tank Maintenance Tips: Always turn off the electricity before working in or around your tank. Use a powerstrip connected to a gfci outlet and all you have to do to turn off the electricity is flip a switch. Also, use drip loops on all of the cords or hang the power strip on the wall, thereby causing the cords to loop before reaching the plug in. Read the aquarium electrical safety article.
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The spanner barb (Puntius lateristriga), or t-barb is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the Cyprininae sub-family of the Cyprinidae family. It originates in inland waters in Asia, and is found from the Malay Peninsula to Borneo. It was originally described as Barbus lateristriga by Achille Valenciennes in 1842, and has also been referred to in scientific literature as Barbodes lateristriga, or Systomus lateristriga.
It usually inhabits clear mountain streams strewn with rocks and boulders, and is frequently found below waterfalls. They live in a tropical climate in water with a 6.0 – 6.5 pH, a water hardness of 10 dGH, and a temperature range of 77 – 83 °F (25 – 28 °C). It feeds on worms, benthic crustaceans, insects, and plant matter.
The spanner barb is of commercial importance in the aquarium trade industry.
The spanner barb is an open water, substrate egg-scatterer, and adults do not guard the eggs.