Rosy Barb (Puntius Conchonius) Fish Species Profile
Rosy Barbs are quite popular amongst aquarium hobbyists and are readily available. These fish are hardy, active and have a peaceful temperament and bright colour. The Rosy Barb is one of the bigger members of the barb species.
This fish enjoys company, and if its party is large enough, it will not bother other fish in the aquarium, making them great additions to an aquarium. They also do well in ponds.
The Rosy Barb sports a torpedo-shaped body and a forked tail. It only has one dorsal fin, and they don't have an adipose fin, instead have a second dorsal fin behind the first.
Males have a reddish-pink colouration all across their body with black markings on their sides and fins, and the females have a golden-silvery body.
|Scientific Name||Puntius Conchonius|
|Other Names||Red Barb|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Groups 6+|
|Lifespan||up to 5 year|
|Maximum Size||up to 15 cm|
|Temperature||64 - 72 ℉ (17.8 - 22.2 ℃)|
|PH||5.5 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 19|
Rosy barbs originate in Northern India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan, in the states of West Bengal and Assam. And due to man, you may also find some populations in Singapore, Australia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Colombia in the Americans.
Rosy barbs inhabit hilly landscapes, fast-flowing lakes and streams with a high oxygen supply surrounded by vegetation and debris that acts as a refuge for them.
The Rosy Barb likes a variety of foods and is not a picky eater. This can include meaty foods as well as vegetables.
The healthiest foods are live or frozen such as bloodworms, daphnia and brine shrimp as they have the highest nutritional content.
In the wild, they sometimes eat plant matter too so you could add in some leftover green vegetables like lettuce or zucchini as well as the typical dried foods such as flakes, pellets and granules.