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Odessa Barb

(Puntius padamya)

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 Quick Care Facts

• Care Level: Easy   • Temperament: Peaceful   • Maximum Size: 3"
• Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons   • Water Conditions: 72-82° F, pH 6.0-7.5, KH 6-16
• Diet: Omnivore   • Origin: Southeast Asia   • Family: Cyprinidae
• Species: Barbs   • Aquarium Type: Community

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Species Information

Odessa Barb native habitat, distribution, behavior & aquarium compatibility.

The Odessa Barb is a very colorful and boisterous barb species that while not the most common fish available at the local pet store it can be found from time to time. It is worth the wait to obtain some of these delightful fish as they will bring unmatched color and movement to any tropical community freshwater aquarium. Odessa Barbs originate from Southeast Asia where they live in a variety of tropical waters with varying water chemistry.

They are a relatively long lived species that can commonly live for 5 years in a well maintained aquarium. This flexibility helps make the Odessa Barb an excellent specimen for the freshwater aquarium hobbyist.

Aquarium Care

How to successfully keep Odessa Barb in the home aquarium.

As with most barb species, it is very important to keep this species in groups of 6 or more. Although the Odessa Barb is not known to be overly aggressive towards other tankmate species, they will truly thrive when kept with a group of their own kind that they can playfully chase and nip at each other. When kept in a group, this species will gladly ignore other more slow moving or long finned species in the aquarium such as gouramis, angels or Betta in turn sticking with their own kind. An ideal tank for this species would be a long moderately planted tropical aquarium with warmer water temperatures and plenty of space for this active fast swimming species.

Feeding & Nutrition

How to properly feed Odessa Barb and provide a healthy diet.

Odessa Barbs are very easy to take care of as they are tolerant of a range of aquarium conditions and will eat any type of tropical freshwater flake, pellet, frozen or live foods. Being an omnivore, hobbyists should provide the Odessa Barb with a mix of algae, vegetable based and meaty foods.

Quality commercial flake, freeze-dried or frozen foods make an excellent staple diet, while items like bloodworms, daphnia, baby brine, etc. in order to vary the diet and provide a balanced diet. It is best to feed small amounts of food 1 to 3 times per day and occasional abstain from feeding for a day or so from time to time.

Breeding Information

How to successfully breed Odessa Barb in the aquarium environment.

Males of this species have a very pronounced wide red stripe that runs from their head to the caudal fin, with very defined black outlined abdominal scales. Females do not have the red stripe and have bodies that are more grayish in color with less prominent black markings on the body and outlining the scales. Both sexes possess a vertically elongate dark humeral blotch and a small, inconspicuous dark blotch on the side of the caudal peduncle.

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