Max Size: 4.5cm

Indian Hifin Barb (Oreichthys cosuatis)

The Indian Hi Fin Barb are somewhat rare, small, attractive and rather timid barbs that can make an ideal addition to any nano or well-planted aquarium that houses other small temperate species. However, these Barbs are not recommended for the general community aquarium because of their small size and delicate nature.

The Indian Hi Fin Barb is often mistaken for the Drape Fin Barb, but they are significantly smaller and easy to differentiate to the trained eye.

Ideal tankmates for Indian Hi Fin Barbs could include other nervous Dwarf Barbs such as the Eight Banded False Barb, Golden Dwarf Barb and the beautiful Butterfly Barb, as well as other small Cyprinids such as Chilli Rasbora, Vietnamese Cardinal Minnows and smaller Danios such as the Dwarf Spotted Danio. You can also house these Barbs with smaller Tetras, Corydoras Catfish and Otocinclus. However, it would be best if you did not keep these Barbs with larger, aggressive or more boisterous fish; otherwise, they will be intimidated and easily out-competed as they are a very slow feeder.

Indian Hi Fin Barbs are shoaling fish that develop an interesting hierarchy, and rival males will display some exciting sparring behaviour in captivity. Therefore it would be best to maintain these fish in a group of 8 or more individuals making sure the aquarium is decorated so that many broken lines of sight are provided. It would be best if you did not keep these fish singly, in small groups or in cramped conditions; otherwise, they can become withdrawn, and dominant fish may bully subdominant fish to death.

The Indian Hi Fin Barb would thrive in a fully-decorated aquarium with plenty of aquatic plants and woody arrangements made with bogwood or driftwood. It would also benefit your Barbs if you added some floating plants to decrease the light entering the aquarium. The water flow and filtration should be relatively gentle, and the substrate should ideally be soft as these Barbs have tiny sensory bristles on the lower jaw, which they use when grazing.

Indian Hi Fin Barbs have silvery bronze bodies and relatively large scales. These fish also have a stunning transparent dorsal fin contrasted with significant black markings across the top edge of the dorsal fin. In addition, these fish have red ventral fins and a black spot on their anal fin, which develops as they mature.

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Indian HiFin Barb - Oreichthys cosuatis - Rare Freshwater Barb Aquarium Fish Profile & Care Guide


Indian Hifin Barb
Indian Hifin Barb
Indian Hifin Barb
Indian Hifin Barb
Indian Hifin Barb
Indian Hifin Barb
Indian Hifin Barb
Indian Hifin Barb
Quick Facts
Scientific NameOreichthys cosuatis
Year Described1822
Other NamesIndian Hi-fin Headstander Barb, Hifin Indian Headstander Barb, Hi-Fin Headstander Barb
OriginsBangladesh, India, Nepal, Thailand
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 8+
Lifespan3 - 5 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 7.5
GH8 - 12
TDS90 - 268
75 - 82℉
23.9 - 27.8℃

Natural Habitat

The Ganges River
Brahmaputra River Drainage


In the home aquarium, the Indian Hifin Barb will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Tank Mates

10 interesting tank mate ideas for the Indian Hifin Barb could include:

Butterfly Barb(Barbus hulstaerti)
Chilli Rasbora(Boraras Brigittae)
Dwarf Gourami(Trichogaster lalius)
Dwarf Spotted Danio(Danio nigrofasciatus)
Eight Banded False Barb(Eirmotus octozona)
Glowlight Rasbora(Trigonostigma hengeli)
Golden Dwarf Barb(Pethia gelius)
Indian Glass Fish(Parambassis ranga)
Jaintia Danio(Danio jaintianensis)
Scarlet Badis(Dario Dario)

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively simple to differentiate between male and female Indian Hi Fin Barbs. The males grow slightly larger than the females, are a tad more colourful, and have an extended dorsal fin. In contrast, the females are smaller, duller and are generally deeper-bodied than males.

Other Barbs of interest

African Banded Barb(Barbus fasciolatus)
Arulius Barb(Dawkinsia arulius, Puntius arulius)
Black Ruby Barb(Pethia nigrofasciata)
Blue Spotted Hill Trout(Barilius bakeri)
Borneo Red Fin Silver Shark(Cyclocheilichthys janthochir)
Butterfly Barb(Barbus hulstaerti)
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Date Added: 04/04/2022 17:55:03 - Updated: 11/08/2022 13:44:40