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Odessa barb



Picture of Odessa barb, Pethia padamya Picture of Odessa barb, Pethia padamya
Photos © Sean Evans

Common name:Odessa barb, Ruby barb
Scientific name:Pethia padamya
Synonyms:Puntius padamya
Origin:Myanmar
Size:Up to 5cm (2")
Recommended tank size:90 x 30cm (36 x 12") or larger.
Tank setup:A well-planted tank would be ideal, with open swimming areas at the front.
Compatibility:A peaceful community fish, may be timid in the presence of more boisterous fish. Keep in a shoal.
Temperature:15-25oC (59-77oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft and acidic to moderately hard and alkaline (pH 6.0-7.5).
Feeding:Omnivorous, most foods accepted, use flake and granular foods as a staple, supplemented with small live/frozen foods.
Sexing:Males are more brightly coloured with a bright red stripe.
Breeding:An egg-scatterer.
Comments: This fish has been available in the hobby for a long time, but was only formally described in 2008.

 

 

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