Rosy Barb

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The Rosy Barb was originally found in India, but populations exist in bordering countries including Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.


Up to 6 inches but rarely seen at this size in the Aquarium.

Aquarium Size:

140 litres/30 gal – This is an active schooling fish so space is required for a group of 6 or more.

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 18 – 25°C
  • pH: 6 – 8
  • Hardness: Moderately Soft to Hard.


Omnivorous, Rosy Barb’ are faily unfussy and will accept a wide range of aquarium foods including; flakes, pellets, freeze dried, live and frozen.


A schooling and active fish the Rosy Barb can add a lot of movement to the aquarium.

In order to show their true character, they should be kept in groups of at least 6 where females outnumber males by 2:1.

When kept in the correct size group the Rosy barb is a peaceful fish and will only engage in small squabbles within their own hierarchy.


Males show brighter colouration and have some black colouring in the fins. Females are plainer and usually display much less colour. Females grow larger than males and look rounder in the body.


The Rosy barb is an egg scatterer that will readily breed in the aquarium environment. They show no parental care and will eat their own eggs happily.

A breeding tank with lots of plants is ideal if you intend to breed Rosy Barbs.

It is best to remove parents from the breeding tank after spawning or eggs may be eaten.

The eggs will hatch within a couple of days and will be free swimming a day or two later.


A very lively fish that will add colour to the aquarium, males are particularly bright and should show their best colours when outnumbered by females and kept in larger groups.

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