Male (left) and female Rosy Barb, Pethia conchonius.
Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
Photos © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Rosy barb|
|Scientific name:||Pethia conchonius|
|Synonyms:||Puntius conchonius, Barbus conchonius (not valid)|
|Size:||Usually around 3" (7.5cm), but reported to grow larger in the wild.|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank with plenty of swimming space.|
|Compatibility:||Keep with other lively community species, may be too boisterous for timid community fish,
and there is a risk of fin-nipping.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft, around neutral (pH 6.5-7.5)|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous, most foods accepted. Use flake/granular foods as a staple and supplement with frozen/live foods.|
|Sexing:||Males have more red on the body and more distinct black edges on the fins.|
|Breeding:||Typical egg scatterer, the adults will eat the eggs if not removed. Use two females per male.|
These fish show their best colours when kept at the cooler end of the tropical temperature range. A long-finned form
is available, as well as a "metallic" colour form.