Rosy Barbs – Fact Sheet

Common Name: Rosy Barb

Scientific Name: Puntius conchonius

Native Range: The Indian Subcontinent ( India, Bangladesh, Nepal)

Appearance: Rosy Barbs are identified by a distinctive black spot in the caudal peduncle (Where the tail is attached to the body)Both males and females have a shiny orange color.  Females have a duller color when compared to the male.  The male turns a deep rosy red during the breeding season. 

Size: can grow up to six inches

Food: Rosy Barbs are omnivores.  Can eat conventional flakes.  They also relish freeze dried worms.

Life Expectance: 2 to 3 years

Temperament: Peaceful.  Some individual have been known to be mildly aggressive.

pH: 6.0 to 7.0

Temperature : The recommended temperature range is 17 to 22 degrees Celsius.

Reproduction: Oviparous (Egg layers)

Sexing: Golden colored with a black spot in the caudal peduncle (place where the tail is attached to the body). Males are brighter compared to females which are dull colored.