Denison Barb (Puntius Denisonii) Species Profile & Care Guide
The Denison Barb is a beautiful looking, very active fish that makes an excellent addition to any tank. These fish are best maintained in large groups. However, due to its immense size, a large aquarium is recommended.
The Denison Barb has a long torpedo-shaped body and is typically silver in colour with a yellowy-gold tint that appears once mature. It displays a black line which runs from the snout to the caudal fin and is contrasted by an adjacent red line running from the nose through the eye and fades away at the fish's midsection.
The dorsal fin is edged in vibrant red, while the caudal fins exhibit prominent black and yellow stripes. You can find the striping detail on the tips of both forked ends. There are also rarer gold morph of the Denison Barb which have been line bred for the fishkeeping hobby.
This beautiful fish's popularity resulted in intense overfishing of the wild stock, pushing them into becoming endangered. Thankfully, they are now captively bread, which has taken the pressure off of the wild population and reduced the hobby's selling price.
|Scientific Name||Puntius Denisonii|
|Other Names||Redline Barb, Roseline Shark, Torpedo Barb, Denisonii Barb, Denison's Flying fox|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Temperature||65 - 80 ℉ (18.3 - 26.7 ℃)|
|PH||6.8 - 7.8|
|GH||5 - 25|
|KH||4 - 10|
|TDS||50 - 140|
Natural Habitat of the Denison Barb
The Denison Barb is endemic to Western India, mainly in the rivers Chalakkudipuzha, Chaliar, and Kallada.
Shoals of these fish are known to occur in clear, fast-flowing, highly oxygenated water bodies such as rocky pools with plenty of vegetation along their banks.
Denison barbs are now captively mass bread and are readily found throughout local fish shops around the world.
Other Barbs of interest
In the wild, the Denison Barb feeds mainly on insects and water crustaceans. They also consume algae and plant matter.
In the home aquarium, these Barbs will eat anything from high-quality flake, granule and pellet food to live and frozen fares such as bloodworm, daphnia and brine shrimp as well as vegetable matter such as blanched broccoli and spinach.
Feeding these Barbs several times a day regularly with a mixed diet will ensure your fish remain in the best health and keep them vibrantly coloured.
Breeding the Denison Barb
There is currently very little information or recommendations on breeding this beautiful species of the Barb in your home aquarium.
There have been some anecdotal reports from some hobbyists of accidental breeding instances. However, so far without hormone treatments currently used in the fish farm environment, there is no clear documentation on replicating this.