Rosy Barb (Puntius conchonius)
Rosy barbs are silvery or coppery pink colour with a greenish shimmer along their backs. They are native to Northern India, Australia, South and Central America, and vary only very slightly in colouring depending on country of origin. They are hardy, lively and easy to care for, constantly moving and beautiful to watch. They are peaceful tank-mates in a community aquarium, though they may occasionally indulge in some light fin-nipping. They tend to do best in cooler water than many other tropical fish, preferring water at 18 – 22C, so may not be suited to every set-up. They can also grow relatively big – up to 15cm (6″) in the wild, though probably not quite so large (more like 10cm/4″) in captivity. They will need to be housed in a tank that gives them plenty of room for happy swimming. Be aware that they are also pretty good at jumping, so a lid is essential!
Rosy Barbs will eat all kinds of live, fresh, and flake foods. Colour enhancing flake food will help to maintain their appearance, and brine shrimp (either live or frozen) and blood worms can be given as a treat.
Size (fully grown): 10 – 13cm (4 – 5″)
Water temperature: 17 – 23C
Water pH: 6.5 – 7