Photos © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Red Line Torpedo barb, Denison barb, Red Line Barb, Red Comet barb, Indian Roseline barb, "Miss Kerala"|
|Scientific name:||Sahyadria denisonii|
|Synonyms:||Puntius denisonii, also Barbus, Crossocheilus and Labeo denisonii (not valid)|
|Recommended tank size:||120 x 38cm (48 x 15") or larger.|
|Tank setup:||A spacious tank with plenty of swimming space, robust plants such as Anubias and Java Fern could be included. Keep water well oxygenated with a good flow rate.|
|Compatibility:||Keep with other lively community species, such as other medium-sized barbs and rainbowfish.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft to slightly hard, around neutral (pH 6.5-7.5).|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous, most foods accepted, so feed a varied diet. This could include frozen foods and granular/flake foods, ideally including a vegetable component such as Spirulina.
Foods containing astaxanthin may help to intensify the red colouration. Soft-leaved plants may be eaten.|
|Sexing:||No obvious differences in juveniles, but adult females have a heavier body shape and may be less colourful than males.|
|Breeding:||Has been bred commercially, probably using hormone stimulation, but very few reports of aquarium breeding -
some indication that larger groups are required and softer water may help to trigger spawning.|
A very striking barb species, which is now becoming more available in the aquarium trade (partly due to captive breeding), although
it is considered endangered in the wild. A second, very similar species, S. chalakkudiensis, has also been described.