Ruby Barb
Behaviour Lively, active, peaceful and shoaling
Typical size 6cm
Max size 7cm
Tank Area Middle, Bottom
Min Tank Size 50cm
Min Number 4
Temp Min: 20℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8
Hardness vs,s,m
Ruby Barb Puntius nigrofasciatus
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Ruby Barb

Puntius nigrofasciatus

The ruby barb is a beautifully coloured fish and well suited to the aquarium. Although the fish is hardy and adaptable it will only show its best colours and confidence in the right conditions. Ideally the aquarium should contain soft water with plenty of planted areas, shaded areas and hiding spots. Under these conditions both sexes will show improved markings whilst the males will develop and intense purple-red colour. Best kept in groups and well suited to a planted community aquarium.

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus nigrofasciatus | Other names Black Ruby Barb, Purple-Headed Barb, Purplehead Barb | Origin Sri Lanka; Kelani & Nilwala basins | Breeding Egg scatterers, male exhibits courtship behaivour, spawning occurs amongst vegetation in the morning. Fry hatch after 24 hours. | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-7, soft to medium | Natural Habitat Slow flowing and clear mountain forest streams | Sexing Male is more intensely coloured and darker. Females are fatter.

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