Odessa Barb (Pethia Padamya) Fish Species Profile
Odessa Barbs are a peaceful, hardy, undemanding and very active fish. They can adapt to a variety of water parameters, including an unheated aquarium, but will flourish in densely planted tanks that are slightly on the acidic side.
This species will thrive much better in small groups as they may tend to nip other fish.
Their body is elongated, egg-shaped and flattened from sides. The back is green, the sides are silvery metallic colour, and their stomach is white.
They display dark spots above the pectoral fins and near the tail fin, and the first spot has an elongated shape that resembles a vertical stripe.
Their Scales form a clear blended pattern on the body. The male has a thick red-brown horizontal line that starts at the mouth, then proceeds through the eyes and continues down the body to the tail.
|Scientific Name||Pethia Padamya|
|Other Names||Scarlet Barb, Ticto Barb|
|Best kept as||Groups 5+|
|Lifespan||up to 5 year|
|Maximum Size||up to 8 cm|
|Temperature||75.2 - 78.8 ℉ (24 - 26 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||2 - 10|
These fish come from South East Asia; from Thailand to the Himalayas.
Its native region includes Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Odessa and Nepal.
They live in still and shallow backwaters and ponds of large and middle-sized rivers, rich in vegetation and slightly acidic, such as Meklong, upper Mekong, Salween and Irrawaddy, also in the upper parts of the Chao Phraya Basin.
The bottom is often muddy, and the Odessa barb spends a lot of time grazing in the substrate.
Odessa Barbs do not require a particular food. Still, it is advisable to give them a variety of different things because due to their activity level, these fish have quite the appetite.
They will accept flakes and granules as well as freeze-dried and live foods such as Brine shrimp, bloodworms and daphnia; these are all great protein-rich choices.
They will also happily eat vegetables like cucumbers and lettuce.