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Panda Barb (Puntius fasciatus) School

Panda Barb (Puntius fasciatus)

The Panda Barb (Puntius fasciatus) is also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Striped Barb, Ember Barb, Banded Barb and Black Spot Barb. The Panda Barb is native to the Western Ghats mountains in the south Indian states of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Its range is from the Kanyakumari district at […]

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Denison Barb (Sahyadria denisonii)

Denison Barb (Sahyadria denisonii)

The Denison Barb (Sahyadria denisonii) is also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Red Lined Torpedo Barb or the Rose Line Shark. The Denison Barb is a shoaling species that is found in the fast flowing rivers, tributaries, and streams in the state of Kerala and South Karnataka, in Southern India.  The demand […]

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Odessa Barb (Puntius ticto) School

Odessa Barb (Puntius ticto) a.k.a. Scarlet Barb

The Odessa Barb (Puntius ticto) is also known by l enthusiasts as the Scarlet Barb or Ticto Barb. Native to South East Asia, the Odessa Barb‘s native region includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Puntius ticto live in the upper Mekong, Meklong, Irrawaddy, Salween and upper portions of […]

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Rosy Barb (Puntius conchonius)

The Rosy Barb (Puntius conchonius) is one of the larger Barbs that in their natural habitat grow up to 6 inches in length. The male is red and gold with black spots near the rear and at the dorsal fin.  Their colors become bolder during the mating period.  Female Rosy Barbs lack the red coloration […]

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Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii)

The eye catching Tinfoil Barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii) has large, distinct silvery metallic scales, red-tipped fins, a forked tail and grows up to 14″ in length. In nature, Tinfoil Barbs live in the larger, fast flowing rivers of Southeast Asia. Compared to other barbs, the Tinfoil Barb is a hardy, peaceful fish, and in natre is […]

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Shoal Of Tiger Barbs

Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)

The Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona), also known as the Sumatra Barb, is a tropical species of cyprinid that is found in Sumatra, Borneo, Cambodia and throughout the Malay Peninsula. Tiger Barbs are found in the clear or turbid shallow waters of moderately flowing streams and in swamp lakes. They are an extremely active, playful shoaling […]

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School of Cherry Barbs

Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya)

The Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya) is a hardy, slender barb that is very popular with tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. The Cherry Barb is much more slender than most other barbs. It has a silver/black body with a golden, horizontal stripe after the lateral line. The male fish turns a bright cherry red during spawning, hence […]

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Red Line Torpedo Barb

Tropical Fish Keeping – Barbs

The term ”Barb” is loosely used to describe a wide range of different fish species in the aquarium trade. The true barbs are the only species found in the genus Barbus, in the family Cyprinidae.    Most members of the Barbus genera have a pair of barbels on their mouths, which are used to search for […]

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