Spinibarbus denticulatus

29. March 2012

We have this large barb that originates from the south of China and the north of Vietnam in stock for the first time. The usual length of the fish is up to 40 cm. At this length they weigh about 1.5 kg. However, the largest S. denticulatus captured so far had a weight of about 30 kg. Spinibarbus denticulatus is one of the most important food fishes for aquaculture in its native range, for it grows fast, has a high tolerance regarding water temperature (the range of water temperature in its natural environment is between 9-16°C in winter and 25-30°C in summer), and the species is a specialized plant feeder that is able to transform worthless weeds, grass etc. in protein of high value.

However, we are less interested in the quality of the flesh of the fish, but in its potential use as aquarium or garden pond fish. Our specimens currently are 10-12 cm long and look rather dull. But the common name Chinese Phoenix barb has been given with some reason on the fish. When the fish grows it becomes – starting on the head – fire red. A picture of a larger fish can be found here:

For our customers: the fish have code 455893 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Spinibarbus: means “barb with a spine”; this refers to the dorsal fin spine. denticulatus: means “with small teeth”; this refers to the structure of the dorsal fin spine.

Suggestion of a common name: Chinese Phoenix barb

Text & photo: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft China
Verfügbare Größe in cm 10 - 12