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Tambraparni barb - Puntius tambraparniei

Tambraparni barb - Puntius tambraparniei

Scientific name: Puntius tambraparniei

Common name: Tambraparni barb

Family: Cyprinidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 6 - 7 cm (2.36 - 2.76 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.3

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 16°N (89.29 - 285.71ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 20 - 25 °C (68 - 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

Food and feeding

In the aquarium Tambraparni barb is very greedy and will accept all foods offered. Use quality flake or small pellets for the staple diet but vary this with treats of blood worm and brine shrimp twice weekly.


Asia; Tambraparni barb is found in the middle section of the Tambraparni River Basins located in India.


Adult males are more colourful and thinner than the females. In breeding season, the males will display white filaments around their mouth.


Puntius tambraparniei are a very easy fish to breed. Use a tank that is filled with neutral water and add spawning mops or Java moss. This barb is a group spawner so add several of each sex to the tank. Immediately after spawning has finished, remove the parents to prevent them eating the eggs and after 24-48 hours they should hatch. The fry can be fed on Infusoria for the first few days, when they are slightly larger, they will accept micro worms or newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Puntius tambraparniei is 5-8 years.

Short description

Good lighting with a dark substrate will bring out the best colouration of these fish. Keep Tambraparni barbs in a small group of at least 8-10 members; this will reduce aggression towards other tank mates.


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