Spotted Garra (Garra spilota), Tank-Bred!
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The Spotted Garra is a very uncommon, colorful, and peaceful biofilm and algae grazing omnivore that is very hardy and active!
The Spotted Garra (Garra spilota), is a very peaceful and beautifully-marked fish that is excellent for tanks with high water flow. In the aquarium, this fish is an interesting scavenger and grazer that is compatible with a variety of tankmates.
A member of the loach family, the Spotted Garra inhabits subtropical and tropical mountain regions of Western Myanmar. It requires very oxygen-rich, fast-flowing water and will often swim directly against the current of a filter output or powerhead. Very fast water flow and highly-oxygentated water is a key to success in keeping this fish. Another key to success is a secure lid or canopy on the aquarium, as this fish is a skilled jumper and climber. It is compatible with other peaceful fish and invertebrates, although extreme caution should be used if attempting to keep it with dwarf shrimp.
The Spotted Garra will graze on biofilm and algae that grows on driftwood, rocks, and plants, so it is an excellent inhabitant for well-lit planted aquariums. It will also eat many fresh fruits and vegetables sparingly and should also be supplemented with live, frozen, and dry meaty foods. Biofilm is essential to its diet, so the Spotted Garra should not be added to new or biologically immature aquariums. Bacter AE and plenty of high lighting will assure high biofilm growth for this very entertaining fish.
- Very uncommon
- Interesting personality and beautiful markings
- Generally peaceful
- Grazes biofilm from surfaces
- Excellent for the subtropical to tropical aquarium
- Temperature: 68° - 79° F (20° - 26° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.5
- KH: 2 - 12 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 30 gallons for a small group
- Diet: Omnivorous biofilm grazer. Accepts high quality dry and frozen foods and needs a balance of both plant-based and meaty foods.
- Social behavior: Generally peaceful. Lives in loose groups but may fight with its own kind and similar fish in smaller tanks.
- Origin: Tank-Bred, but indigenous to Western Myanmar
- Average adult size: 2.8 - 3.5 inches (7 - 9 cm), though usually smaller.
- Average purchase size: 1 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)