Rohani Barb (Dawkinsia Rohani) Fish Species Profile
The Rohani Barb is a peaceful and lovely shoaling species and should be kept in groups of no less than six, with larger groups being better. Keeping them in decent numbers will not only make the fish less skittish but will result in a more effective, natural-looking display. They may also prove jumpy when first introduced, so a tight fighting lid is a must. This fish is very similar in appearance to the rarer Mascara Barb.
These fish are non-aggressive, though large, and will blend well with any fish that they cannot eat.
The Rohani Barb has an aluminous yellow-green fishnet pattern across the top half of its body contrasted with silver and displays a black teardrop mark just above the tail. It has a red and black dorsal fin a reddish colour caudal and anal fin and transparent pectoral and pelvic fins.
|Scientific Name||Dawkinsia Rohani|
|Other Names||Dawkinsia Rohani, Imperial Barb, Rohan's Filament Barb, Rohan's Tear Drop Barb|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||8 - 10 years|
|Maximum Size||up to 12 cm|
|Temperature||65 - 78 ℉ (18.3 - 25.6 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 7.5|
|GH||2 - 10|
|TDS||36 - 179|
Origins of the Rohani Barb
The Rohani Barb is endemic to Tamil Nadu State and Kanyakumari District in the Western Ghats in South India. These Barbs inhabit hill streams draining into the Arabian Sea. However, their habitats are likely to vary depending on location and time of year with two seasonal monsoons causing rises in water depth, turbidity and flow in these rivers.
In the home aquarium, the Rohani Barbs are easily-fed. However, a varied diet containing frequent meals of small live and frozen fare such as daphnia, bloodworm and artemia as well as high quality dried flakes and granules will support optimal colour and condition.