How to Draw a Garra

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Garra in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Garra.

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How to Draw a Garra - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's start our Garra fish ff by drawing its head. Add the mouth - the garra fish are known to eat dead flesh to make way for new skin!

Step 2: Draw the body as a column shape jutting away from the head. Add a circle near the top right of its face for the eye. These garra fish grow to be barely longer than your pinkie!

Step 3: Now draw the tail and top fin. The top fin will be a triangle but add a serated finish to the right side.

Step 4: Now we draw the other fins on the bottom of our garra. A popular name for the garra is the Doctor Fish because of its help in fish spas to treat certain skin conditions.

Step 5: Draw the pattern along its body. Interchange with thin and thick lines all the way to the tail.

Interesting Facts about Garras

The Garra fish is a small fish that is able to be kept in a freshwater aquarium but is native to Western Myanmar. They are found in the Rakhine Yoma/Arakan mountain range in Rakhine State. This makes a barrier cutting off the state from the rest of the country.The area of where the Garras are found is severely threatened by agriculture siltation, the construction of dams and future impact of the collection of them for the aquarium trade. They are considered near threatened for right now.

Did you know?

  • They prefer streams 2 to 3 feet wide and not more than 3 feet deep with clear water, small pebbles or a rocky bed.
  • They stay in small forest streams with slow, stagnant water that are mostly connected pools.
  • The Garra is only known to an area of 1.2 square miles in Myanmar.
  • Staying a small fish, their average size is about 2.4 inches in length.

A great aquarium fish species but best to be bought from a tank raise instead of wild caught.The expected life span of a Garra is 5 to 8 years. During breeding season the males develop small growths on their forehead and gill plates. The females will swell when they are full of eggs but there is no case of them breeding in the aquarium.