Rosy barb - Puntius conchonius
Scientific name: Puntius conchonius
Common name: Rosy barb
Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 10 cm (3.15 - 3.94 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 18 - 25 °C (64.4 - 77°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
The Rosy barb is an omnivorous species that will eat worms, insects and crustaceans. They will also accept a variety of flake foods in the aquarium.
The female Rosy barb will appear to be drabber in color. The male will exhibit more of the pinkish coloring and black edges on his fins.
This egg scattering fish will lay their eggs in densely planted areas. Once the parents are finished spawning, remove them from the tank to prevent them from devouring their eggs. Hundreds of eggs are laid and can take up to 36 hours to hatch. It will take another 6 days for the fry to become free swimming.
Rosy barbs can live for up to 5 years.
Puntius conchonius inhabits the lakes and streams of Asia in countries such as India, Pakistan, and Nepal.
The Rosy barb is one of the easiest and least demanding aquarium fish to keep. They are best kept in groups of 5 or more.
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