Small Rosy Barb (Puntius conchonius)
The Rosy Barb comes from northern India, Bangal, and Assam. These barbs occur in a variety of habitats, from flowing hill streams and tributaries to very still waters like lakes, ponds, and swamps. They are omnivorous and feed on insects, diatoms, algae, small invertebrates, and detritus.
The Rosy Barb is one of the most beautiful freshwater fish. This barb has a silvery or coppery-pink colour with a green cast along the back, and the males will have more pink on their underbellies. These fish are hardy, undemanding, and fun to watch because they are constantly on the move. These qualities make them one of the most desirable starter fish.
in the aquarium, they typically only reach about 10 cm. These very active fish are also great jumpers, so keep the aquarium covered.
When kept in a school, the males display an interesting behavior. They will continually swim around each other with their fins spread out, showing off their best colours. These fish are very prolific breeders, but they need a breeding tank with shallow water.
The Rosy Barb is a great addition to most tanks and a great choice for beginning aquarists. They handle changes in water conditions very well and are usually great eaters.They do prefer a cooler aquarium, so take care when picking their tankmates. These barbs will nip the fins of slow-swimming and long-finned fish, so they need active companions.
Since they are omnivorous, the Rosy Barb will generally eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. To keep a good balance, give them a high quality flake food every day. Feed brine shrimp (either live or frozen) or blood worms as a treat. Supplement with colour foods for best results in appearance. When offering food just once a day, provide what they can eat in about 5 minutes. When offering food several times a day, offer only what they can consume in 3 minutes or less at each feeding.
- Species – Puntius conchonius
- Common Name – Rosy Barb
- Origin – India, Bangal, and Assam
- Diet – Omnivore
- PH Range – 6.5 – 7
- Temperature – Tropical 22-26°c
- Breed Type – egg layer
- Max Size – approximately 10cm
- Sex – Un-sexed