Barbs, undemanding fish

Barbs are peaceful, lively and undemanding. They are a good addition to coldwater community aquariums, and can be mixed with tankmates of nearly any size. These active fish appreciate having plenty of swimming room. Barbs are generally peaceful, schooling fish, although some (e.g. Rosy barb, Tiger barb) are prone to be nippy. Any aggression is minimized by keeping them in a school of four to six fish, and they can then be mixed with most community fish. It is not recommended to mix most of the larger-sized barbs with timid, […] Read more »


Breeding Barbs

Barbs are egg scatterers that do not tend their eggs or fry and so a separate spawning/fry tank is needed. Spawning usually occurs between pairs, but in some species, one male may spawn with a group of two to three females. There are few visual differences between males and females, usually males are more colourful than females and less plump. To bring the adults into breeding condition, plenty of frozen foods should be included in their diet, and the water should be kept soft and slightly acid. Fine leaved plants […] Read more »


Cherry Barb (Barbus titteya)

Commercially important, cherries and the more colorful barb species were listed as a Lower risk/conservation dependent species in 1996, as a result of the aquarium trade high demand. Originating from Borneo, Indonesia and Sumatra, their natural environment is one of heavily shaded, shallow, and calm waters. Coming from tropical climates, the ideal water conditions are a pH of 6.0 – 8.0, a water hardness (dH) of 5.0 – 19.0. and a temperature range of 73 – 81 °F (23 – 27 °C). Cherries grow up to 2 in (5 cm) […] Read more »


Denison’s Barb (puntius denisonii) a controversial species

Originating from the fast- flowing hill streams and rivers of the state of Kerala and South Karnataka in South India. They can grow up to 6 in (15 cm) and have a life-span of 8 years. This fish is a relatively new addition to the fish keeping hobby. The Denison’s barb is a schooling fish that is usually kept in groups of six or more. They tend to be peaceful but some have been known to be slightly aggressive around food, especially if kept in less space than they require. […] Read more »


Odessa Barb (Puntius padamya)

Originating from Central Myanmar, near Mandalay. This peaceful barb can grow up to 2 in (5 cm). The name Odessa was giving in the early 1970s when it first appeared in pet enthusiast’s circles in Odessa, Ukraine. known to the aquarium hobby for many years, it was only described scientifically in 2008! under the species name Puntius padamya. The word “padamya” is Burmese for ruby, and was chosen in reference to the alternate ornamental fish name “ruby barb” and the vivid color marking of the male. Like most barbs, the […] Read more »


Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)

Originating from Southeast Asia and India, including Sri Lanka. The Tiger Barb can grow up to 3” {7 cm). A very active fish, it may chase or even nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish like angels or betta splendens. Like most schooling species they should be kept in groups of at least six or more. Schooling fish have developed this natural behavior over millions of years to better defend against predators, as well as increase their chances of mating. Removed from the group, these fish will tend to […] Read more »