Denison's Barb Tropical Fish Information

Puntius denisonii
Denison's Barb
Behaviour Peaceful, active, occasional squabbles
Typical size 13cm
Max size 15cm
Tank Area Middle, lower
Min Tank Size 90cm
Min Number in Tank 3
Temp Min: 16℃ Max: 25℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods. A Varied diet will maintain good condition
pH Range 6.5-8
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Denison's Barb Puntius denisonii
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Denison's Barb (Puntius denisonii)

Denison's Barb Tropical Fish Learn all about the Denison's Barb's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Denison's Barb is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Denison's Barb is one of the most striking of all the Barbs, sporting a bright red marking along the front part of the body. Denison's Barbs are a relatively new fish in the hobby and are still relatively pricey, although the cost of the fish has dropped significantly in the past year or so. At up to 15cm, a reasonably sized tank is required but the fish are generally sociable and will do well in a community of medium sized fish. Denison's Barbs are closely related to the Flying Foxes and 'sharks' so there may be occasional squabbles with tank mates of this type. Should be kept in groups of at least three and provided with plenty of swimming space as well as hiding spots or shaded areas. These fish can also be kept in unheated indoor aquariums.

Denison's Barb Facts

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus denisonii, Crossocheilus denisonii, Labeo denisonii | Other names Red Line Torpedo Barb, Denison's Flying Fox, Flash Barb | Origin India | Breeding Egg scatterer | Natural Water Conditions pH 6.5-7.5, very soft - medium | Natural Habitat Clear and fast flowing waters; Hill streams | Sexing Females are fuller bodied, especially during spawning

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