Adult Size: 3 – 3.5″
Minimum Tank Volume: 75 litres
Temperature: 64-76°F (18-26°C)
Ideal pH: 6.5 – 7.5
Compatibility: Generally Peaceful
Lifespan: Up To 4 Years
Rosy barbs are a beautiful, metallic shoaling fish that originates from Bengal in India. Males develop intense red colouration when in breeding condition and females take on a gorgeous copper hue.
Rosy barbs should be kept in small groups of four or more fish. Many barbs have an undeserved reputation as fin-nippers. This behaviour is normally caused by stress and can often be reduced or avoided by keeping a larger number of the same species together. Nevertheless, It is usually best to avoid keeping slower moving species with long fins such as Guppies and Siamese Fighters with these fish.
The best set up for these fish would be an aquarium with areas of open water combined with groups of plants or ornaments. Ideal tank mates are fast moving, similar sized fish such as Tiger Barbs, Gouramis, small catfish and mollies.
Being mid water feeders, the best diet to offer is a combination of live foods, frozen food and slow sinking pellets or flake.