Max Size: 15cm

Swamp Barb (Puntius Chola)

Community aquariums would benefit significantly from the Swamp Barbs, Puntius Chola, relatively peaceful nature. since these Barbs are not considered food, you can combine them with almost any peaceful fish of a larger size, as well as those not intimidated by them their size or dynamic nature.

Ideally, you should keep six or more Barbs together because they are a schooling species in the wild. The fish will be less nervous when they are kept in suitable numbers, and the display will look more natural as a result. In addition, as the fish focus on maintaining the pecking order within their group, any aggression is usually inhibited.

With a dedicated maintenance routine and a personal preference for d├ęcor, Swamp Barbs are relatively easy to maintain. The substrate could be sand or gravel, and you can add rocks and pebbles of varying sizes and textures, as well as driftwood branches and roots. The lighting can be relatively dim, and you can add robust aquatic plants like Anubias or Microsorum if you wish.

Swamp Barbs have deep and compressed bodies that are silvery with a slight golden sheen. A black mark is present on the dorsal's second and fifth rays, as well as a dark blotch on the base of the caudal fin. One or two rows of dark spots will also be visible along its centre. The species also has a long-finned version.


Swamp Barb
Swamp Barb
Swamp Barb
Quick Facts
Scientific NamePuntius Chola
Year Described1822
Other NamesChola Barb
OriginsBangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand
Aquarium LevelMiddle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespanup to 10 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 6.5
GH8 - 15
TDS36 - 268
68 - 77℉
20 - 25℃


In the home aquarium, the Swamp 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.

Sexual Dimorphism

Male and female Swamp Barbs can be distinguished relatively easily. Females usually grow a little larger, are heavier-bodied, and are less colourful than males. Males tend to have slightly more colour than females; they have orange pelvic and anal fins, while females do not.

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Date Added: 27/11/2020 - Updated: 22/08/2022 16:46:14