Black Ruby Barb (Puntius nigrofasciatus)
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57 Litres (15 US G.)
5.1-6.4cm (2-2.5 ")
6.0 - 7.0
22.2-26.1°C (72 -79 °F)
This animal is available captive bred
Additional scientific names
- Barbus nigrofasciatus
Origin[edit | edit source]
- The black Ruby Barb comes from forest streams in Sri Lanka.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Males have deeper colours.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- A good community fish and not a fin-nipper like its cousin the Tiger Barb, especially if it is kept in a shoal. Keep these fish in groups of at least 6 or more, with more females than males.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Omnivorous, will take most aquarium foods and live foods. May also nibble on live plants. Occasional feeding of bloodworms are welcomed.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed once or twice a day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- A spacious tank with plenty of open swimming space. Provide them a good amount of lateral swimming room. They also like to have tall plants for cover. A darker substrate will showcase their colours very well.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- Shoaling, will keep themselves to themselves. The males will display to the females when courting.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- Typical high-backed Barb shape. Dark blue/black in colour with a rich crimson-coloured head. The female's colours are more muted with dark vertical bars visible.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )