Odessa Barb Care Sheet

Odessa BarbProfile and Description
SizeUp to 3 inches or 7 cm
OriginSouth East Asia
Natural habitatStreams and tributaries to main rivers
Fish HardinessEasy to keep
Water Temperature70 – 80.5 ºF or 21 - 27 ºC
Water pH6.0 – 7.5 pH
Water Hardness1 - 15 dH
StrataAll but mostly middle
Peaceful or AggressivePeaceful but very active
Number of same species in one aquariumSix, one male for every two females
Minimum tank size25 gallons or 100 liters for six fish
Community FishYes, with some consideration, no slow movers or neighbors with long fins
Compatible withOther active Barbs, Danios and Rasboras of similar size. Also Cory Cats, Plecos and Loaches
SexesMales are more colorful and females are fuller bodied
FoodOmnivorous - flake food supplemented with live or frozen daphnia, blood worms or brine shrimp
BreedingRelatively easy to breed
Breeding temperature77 – 80.6 °F or 25- 27 °C
Other namesScarlet Barb
Scientific namePuntius padamya
Other Scientific namesNone
LifespanUp to 3 years

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