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Rosy barb

Picture of Rosy barb, male Picture of Rosy barb, female
Male (left) and female Rosy Barb, Pethia conchonius.

Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Rosy barb
Scientific name:Pethia conchonius
Synonyms:Puntius conchonius, Barbus conchonius (not valid)
Size:Usually around 3" (7.5cm), but reported to grow larger in the wild.
Origin:Northern India
Tank setup:Planted tank with plenty of swimming space.
Compatibility:Keep with other lively community species, may be too boisterous for timid community fish, and there is a risk of fin-nipping.
Temperature:18-23oC (64-73oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft, around neutral (pH 6.5-7.5)
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted. Use flake/granular foods as a staple and supplement with frozen/live foods.
Sexing:Males have more red on the body and more distinct black edges on the fins.
Breeding:Typical egg scatterer, the adults will eat the eggs if not removed. Use two females per male.
Comments: These fish show their best colours when kept at the cooler end of the tropical temperature range. A long-finned form is available, as well as a "metallic" colour form.




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