Pethia conchonius

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cyprinidae
Origin : India
Length : 15 cm - 6"
Min.length aquarium : 120 cm - 50"
English name : Rosy Barb
Lively, peaceful schooling fish that can be kept when the water is not too warm.  He can be kept with other peaceful fishes with lower temperatures  (for instance Tanichthys albonubes).  The substrate should be fine gravel or sand and some peat dust and you should set up the aquarium with some hardy plants because they like to eat soft leaves.  They need a lot of free swimming space.

They are omnivorous.  You can give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is easy.  You should set up the breeding tank with a layer of marbles and a lot of fine leaved plants.  Add one male and two females to the tank during the evening. The following morning the fish spawn among the plants. After spawning you should remove the parents because they are notorious egg-eaters.  After 30 hours the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with rotifers, and a few days later with baby brine shrimp and powdered dry food.

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Jan Bukkems

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