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Rosy Barb - Punitus (Barbus) conchonius
Origin: Northern India
Maximum Size: 2-3 inches
Care: Easy fish to care for, ideally fairly soft water, which should be around neutral pH of 7. The temperature should be 65-75 degrees fahrenheit. Rosy barbs are the most docile of the barbs and are not particularily aggresive although will sometimes chase and nip at similar fish.
Feeding: Rosy barbs can exist quite happily on regular tropical fish flakes however its a good idea to supplement their diet with adult brine shrimp, and bloodworms. In the wild they exist mainly on vegetable matter so you can also feed blanched zucchinni/cucumber and watch them tear it apart!
Breeding: Easy to moderate if eggs are removed from the parents. Barbs do not engage in any form of care for their fry after laying their eggs, and all if you want to breed them properly you should move them into a special tank set up for breeding. They will spawn on finely leaved plants and these eggs will hatch in 24 hours, like other barbs the parents will eat the eggs if given the chance. Most species require soft, slightly acid water to breed. a water change and lowering the water depth can trigger the breeding. The newly hatched fry need the finest of food, usually newly hatched Brine shrimp or very fine flake food.
Sexing: The males are mostly a deep red while the females are a deep yellow. In overcrowded or dirty tanks where the fish become sick, the males lose their color. Females are often the smaller of the pair and wider.
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