Leptobarbus hoevenii

6. July 2007

Leptobarbus hoevenii the Cigar Shark or Mad Barb is a giant within the barbs. With a length of approx. 1 m and a weight of up to 10 kg the Cigar Shark already places a very special requirement: It needs a lot of space. For the maintenance of adults one should own a tank of at least 3 m length. They originate from Southeast Asia, and are found most often in freely flowing rivers and streams and seasonally on floodplains. Since they are schooling fishes one should own a group of at least 7 individuals, which can form a magnificent swarm. As omnivore fishes they are unproblematic in their nutrition, also in terms of water chemistry they place no special requirements. Over its breeding in aquariums nothing is known to us, in Asia they are artificially bred for raising in aquacultures.(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)

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