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Rosy barb

Rosy barb are beautiful subtropical fresh water fish. Their scientific name is Puntius Conchonius. They are pinkish in color and looks beautiful in tanks. Their maximum size is about 6 inches when present in natural resources. However your tank size may check its length. They are also known as Red barb. They are omnivorous and eat anything thing which you provide. Their behaviour is semi - aggressive. These are active aquarium fishes. They are found in India and in some parts of Asia. Their lifespan is of about 5 yrs in natural condition. You can put them with those fishes whose size are comparable with them like mollys. The temperature of water should be around 64–72 °F (18–22 °C), however many people have reported that their rosy is doing well in even 5 °C.

Care

These fish do well in small aquariums. Prefer fish tank of length 2 feet or more. Provide them variety of food. Rosy barb do well when they are present in group of 5 or more otherwise they may become aggressive and nervous. Also put some water plants in your tank to avoid stress.

Difference between male and female rosy barbs
It is not easy job to distinguish between rosy barbs because their body structure is almost same. However you can distinguish them on the basis of their size and color. The males are brighter pinkish while the females are yellowish. Females are slightly plumber, and they can become even more thick during the time of mating because they will contain eggs. Males also do have reddish color on their fin while the females don't.

Rosy barb breeding

If you want to carry our breeding then rosy barb is a good choice, while according to me Molly's were the easiest ones. Rosy barb are egg layers which means they give eggs and fertilizes them outside their body. They give eggs in shallow water. When the female is ready to spawn, she will appear thick because of eggs. Spawning mostly occur in early morning. Female give eggs on plants and parents will also try to eat them if they find them so it is advised to use big tank. The eggs will hatch in 24 to 36 hrs. After hatching of eggs move parents to separate tank, so they can't eat fry. Avoid use of air pump because it may suck the babies. Avoid sudden movement of water and sudden change of temperature of water. You can feed them algae obtained from the parent tank, crushed food which you use for their parents or you can switch to liquid food.