Red Line Torpedo Barb (Puntius denisonii)
Red Line Torpedo Barb
208.2 Litres (55 US G.)
12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")
6.8 - 7.8
- Red Line Torpedo Barb, Denison Barb, Rose Line Shark
Additional scientific names
- Barbus denisonii, Labeo denisonii, Crossocheilus denisonii, Puntius denisoni
It is endemic to the fast- flowing hill streams and rivers of the state of Kerala and South Karnataka in South India.
- It is not easy to visually sex this fish. Mature females, however, should be rounder in the belly.
- A shoaling fish that may be nippy and aggressive if kept in too small a group, keep a minimum of 5 individuals. They should be kept with other similar fish which appreciate similar conditions such as Danios.
- Feed once or twice a day.
- This fish prefers a well oxygenated and mature tank with some current. They do best with a sand or small gravel substrate, light planting and hiding places in bogwood. They prefer cooler temperatures than other "tropical" fish.
- An active fish that should have plenty of swimming room.
- A distinctive torpedo-shaped fish. The caudal fin is forked and tipped in black and yellow. The body is silver with green/yellow iridescence, it has a bold black lateral line running from the tip of the nose to the caudal peduncle. There is a bright red lateral band above the black running from the tip of the nose to the mid section of the body, giving this fish it's common name. The dorsal fin also has some red colouration, the other fins are translucent.
- Due to over-collecting for the pet trade this fish is now becoming increasingly endangered in the wild, therefore, it is best these are not bought for the time being unless they are confirmed to be captive bred specimens. If you are considering this fish perhaps consider a breeding project instead of just an average community tank addition.
- Practical Fishkeeping Article Matt Clarke: 20.11.2008 "Puntius denisonii threatened by aquarium trade"
- Practical Fishkeeping Article Matt Clarke: 9.2.2009 "Puntius denisonii breeding programme announced"
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