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 Odessa barb is an active and generally peaceful fish that is best kept in a community tank. It is a schooling fish that can become semi-aggressive towards other tank mates if it is not kept in groups of 5 or more individuals. As this fish is fast moving, it is best kept in a tank with open spaces. The Odessa barb is a voracious eater that will eat most foods given including flakes and frozen foods, such as Bloodworms.

This species exhibits sexual dimorphism (see pictures below), which allows for easy identification of the sexes.

Odessa Male

Odessa Male

Odessa Female

Odessa Female

Compatible: Tetras, Rasboras, Loaches, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Large Livebearers, Corydoras, Barbs, Rainbowfish, Sharks, Plecos, and Scavenger Catfish of similar size.
Aquarium setup: 55-77°F (14-25°c)/ please note: the ideal temperature for the odessa is cooler than most tropical fish prefer; pH 6.0-7.0; dH 4-10
Size: 2 in (5 cm)
Diet: Omnivorous
Temperament: schooling, peaceful

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