Pethenia cumingii

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Family : Cyprinidae
Origin : Sri Lanka
Length : 5 cm - 2"
Min.length aquarium : 60 cm - 25"
English name : Cuming's Barb
Lively barb that is very suitable for the community aquarium.  They like to play with each other.  The aquarium should be densely planted.  It is not recommended to put the aquarium at a sunny place.  You should use some floating plants to bring out the colours of this fish.  A regular changing of the water is necessary. 

The fish is omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is not very easy because you need a good matching couple.  So it is important to observe the fishes well previously.  You should set up the breeding tank with marbles and fine leaved plants.  At higher temperatures up to 400 eggs are laid and fertilized between the plants.  Immediately after spawning the parents should be removed because they eat their eggs.  After 24 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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