Flame tetra

Flame tetra (lat. Hyphessobrycon flammeus) is a bright colored aquarium fish of Characidae family. In pet shops the fish species quite often have pale coloring due to the high level of stress they are exposed to there. However, when you bring them home and create favorable conditions, their coloring becomes bright again.

Keep reading…Flame tetra

Rosy barb (Pethia conchonius)

The rosy barb (lat. Pethia conchonius) is one of the most beautiful barb species. Another good thing about the fish is that it’s not demanding, good-tempered and it is interesting to watch it in a tank, since it moves all the time.

These qualities have made the fish one of the most renown fishes among beginning aquarists. In this article we’ll tell you about keeping, breeding and feeding of rosy barb.

Keep reading…Rosy barb (Pethia conchonius)

Odessa barb (Pethia padamya)

The Odessa barb (lat. Pethia padamya) is a small, bright and active fish. Unfortunately, it is less spread than other barb species. Earlier it was considered that the fish was one of Puntius ticto coloring variations (which natural coloring doesn’t have wide red stripe along its body peculiar for this species).

This version is quite prevailing in literature on aquarium husbandry. In 2008 Pethia padamya was described as a separate species.

Keep reading…Odessa barb (Pethia padamya)

Tinfoil barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii)

The tinfoil barb (scientific name lat. Barbonymus schwanenfeldii) is a very large fish from Cyprinidae family. It can be up to 14 inches (35 cm) long. Quite often the juveniles are sold on the market and nobody tells about how large the fish becomes as an adult one and as a result, the fish quickly overgrows any tank of a common aquarist and then requires a really spacious tank.

Though as a rule barb demonstrates quite peaceful attitude towards large fishes, it eagerly feeds on smaller ones, which makes the fish completely unsuitable for community tanks.

Keep reading…Tinfoil barb (Barbonymus schwanenfeldii)