Species group: Barbs
Other common names: Red Barb
Scientific name: Puntius conchonius
The Rosy Barb is a found throughout subtropical Asia, including northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan. It is an active and hardy schooling fish which prefers cooler water (18 – 22°C / 64 – 72°F). In the wild it feeds on insects, larvae and small invertebrates, as well as on algae and plant material. The Rosy Barb is a popular freshwater aquarium fish, and does well in a community tank if kept in groups of 5 or more Rosy Barb. It is a lively, schooling species that may disturb quieter species in a community tank.
Rosy Barbs have gold coloration on their laterally compressed bodies. A black spot is visible near the caudal penuncle. The anal and dorsal fins are colored black near their edges. Shiny scales cover most of the Rosy’s body which gives a silver shimmering appearance to this small but attractive fish.
Tanks measuring a minimum of 24 inches with a 30 gallons capacity sustains the Rosy fish in comfortable conditions. Water conditions are kept soft and slightly acidic. The tank surface is usually well-planted; plenty of rocks and driftwood are allowed. The middle layer is kept empty for swimming. Two females are kept with one male in community tanks. A gravel substrate is also ideal as they love to dig in it.
brilliant coloration, good beginner, active fish, lovely orangish coloration, peaceful community tank
aggressive nature, nippers, outright bossy
long fin version, egg scatterers, longtail varieties, low cost