Long-finned Neon Red Rosy Barbs (Barbus [Pethia] conchonius var Neon Red longfin)

Imported European Fish

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The Rosy Barb, Barbus conchonius, is a popular freshwater fish among aquarium enthusiasts due to its vibrant colors and active nature. The coloration and the finnage on the individuals currently in stock are a site to behold! These are truly veil-tailed fish and their hot metallic pink rose color is stunning. These fish are native to India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar, but the individual fish we have for sale were tank-bred in and imported from the Czech Republic. This species is known for its hardiness and adaptability, making it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced hobbyists. To ensure the well-being of these beautiful fish in an aquarium setting, proper care and attention to their specific requirements are essential.

Creating an ideal environment for Rosy Barbs begins with a spacious tank with a minimum capacity of 20 gallons. These fish thrive in well-oxygenated water, so a good-quality filtration system and regular water changes are crucial. Maintain a stable water temperature between 74-79°F (23-26°C) and ensure a pH level ranging from 6.0 to 7.0. Decorating the tank with plants, rocks, and driftwood not only enhances the aesthetics but also provides hiding places, mimicking their natural habitat.

Rosy Barbs are omnivores with a hearty appetite. A well-balanced diet is vital for their health and coloration. Provide a mix of high-quality flake or pellet food supplemented with live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp and daphnia. Feed them small amounts multiple times a day, ensuring they consume their meal within a few minutes. This approach prevents overfeeding and helps maintain water quality.

These fish are known for their active and social nature, and they thrive when kept in a group of at least six individuals. The presence of a school reduces stress and promotes natural behaviors. Additionally, Rosy Barbs may display hierarchical behaviors within the group, which is normal. However, aggression can occur, especially among males, so monitor their interactions and be prepared to separate individuals if needed. Choosing tankmates carefully is essential to prevent conflicts.

If provided with the right conditions, Rosy Barbs readily breed in captivity. To encourage breeding behavior, maintain a slightly warmer water temperature and increase the frequency of water changes. Include fine-leaved plants like Java moss for the females to deposit their adhesive eggs. Once laid, it's advisable to separate the eggs or use a breeding tank to protect them from potential predation. The parents may eat their own eggs, so a separate breeding setup ensures a higher survival rate for the fry.

Successfully keeping and caring for Rosy Barbs in an aquarium involves creating a well-maintained environment that mirrors their natural habitat. From proper tank setup to providing a nutritious diet and understanding their social behavior, each aspect contributes to the overall well-being of these vibrant freshwater fish. With attention to detail and a commitment to their care, aquarium enthusiasts can enjoy the beauty and charm of Rosy Barbs in their own aquatic haven.

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