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Rosy Barb

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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 6"
  • Water temperature: 72-78° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Schooling fish
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 20+ gallons
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Great for beginner aquarists, barbs are hardy, lively schooling fish with a striking coloration. Barbs are playful, active swimmers and may harass or nip the fins of slow moving fish. If kept in schools of five or more they usually stick to themselves, and do not bother the other fish in the aquarium as often as only one or two barbs would.

Barbs eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. You will see your barbs swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

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Staple diet
Choose a tropical flake or pellet food. Feed according to the directions on the package.

Vegetables
Small amounts of romaine lettuce, zucchini and peas are a good addition to the diet. Also try a prepared food made with spirulina (a nutritious type of algae). Remove uneaten vegetables after four hours.

Specialty foods
Vary their diet by including frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex worms and other small worms, mosquito larvae and daphnia. Always remember to thaw frozen foods before feeding.

Frequent feedings
For optimum health, feed your barbs as much food as they will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day. You can alternate between regular staple diet feedings and 2-4 meals per week of a specialty food.

Aquarium
Start with a 20-gallon or larger, long aquarium. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.

Décor
Decorate their aquarium with rocks, driftwood and plants, but be sure to place them on the sides and back of the tank so they'll have enough space to swim in the center.

Fish compatibility
Barbs are healthiest and happiest in an aquarium with a large school for active swimming and games. They may become aggressive if kept in too small a group, or may become shy and withdrawn if kept alone.

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Rosy Barb
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Rosy Barb
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Rosy Barb is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colorful and active I bought 3 of these Rosy Barbs on sale (they only had 3 in stock otherwise I might have purchased a few more). I was attracted to them by their shiny metallic red scales. They like to stick together in a large 135 gallon tank and can usually be found in a group. They seem to usually get along well with the other fish in the tank, mostly a variety of tetras that were added later. Sometimes the largest of the rosy barbs chases the other smaller fish, and even the other two barbs (especially the paler more silver rosy barb, which I think may be a female), but only for a second or two. They steer clear of and don't bother larger fish. Not as agressive as some other barb types I've seen and I think these would fit well in most community tanks with similar fast moving fish. They are very active and are fun to watch as they swim around and pick at algae and other debris on the bottom. Quick eaters and are always hungry for more it seems. Make sure your other slower, less agressive fish get something to eat too.
Date published: 2014-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from looks even prettier then the picture! i love my rosy barb .... beautiful fish. Very active and seems to love to play with the other fish. He gets along great in my 60 gal semi-aggressive tank (very semi aggressive) This fish may be the smallest in the tank, but has one of the biggest personalities. I was almost against getting him at first because i just didn't think he would fit in with the other fish (black ghost knife, angelicus botia, rainbow shark, leaf fish, gourami ect) but he's a blast and the other fish love him.
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fish! I got one of these fish because of it being a barb, and because of its color. It was well worth it! It was very lively in my tank and added a lot of color to my tank and even brought out some of my shyer fish! Worth your money!
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Active, Friendly Rosy barbs are a lot of fun. They're big enough to notice from across the room. They have big personalities. They're easy to care for, not picky about water quality or temperature. Hardy from 60 to 80 degrees F. (NOTE: Fin nipping is decreased with cooler temperatures!) All in all- great fish. BUT they get bored easy. If they are kept in groups less than eight, or if they have slow moving or long-finned tank mates, or if they aren't fed often enough; they can't seem to help them selves from a little fin nipping. It's not usually a big deal if they're kept with tank mates that aren't to delicate. Also try to keep Rosy barbs in a ratio of 1-2 males/ 1 female. I'll give you a few ideas as far of set ups that seem to work with these fish. BTW, don't bother trying to keep rosy barbs with any small shrimp or fry you want to keep. Tank mates that work in a cool tank: zebra danios, bloodfin tetra, platys, white cloud minnows, gold barbs, odessa barbs, skirt tetras, comet goldfish, glo fish Tank mates that work in a heated tank: most any of the above as long as it's not too warm, tiger barbs, harlequin rasboras, cherry barb, most robust tetras, other barbs Hope this helps :) *Rosy Barbs love to eat hair algae! **Also RBs come in several forms- long fin, red glass, and neon. You can mix and match these for variety. ***RBs get more colorful when they mature. Most of the RBs you see for sale have not grown into their colors completely.
Date published: 2011-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice i have had numerous amounts of these guys before, they last a long time, look good, and are fun to watch
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Glad I got them I have a few aquariums, and I broke down and bought these little guys for my daughters' tank. They caught my oldest's eyes, and she thought they were "beautiful." They are quite colorful, as well as active. They have this shimmering quality to their scales, which is a nice touch to your tank. They go well with other schooling fish like neon tetras, and seeing everyone zooming around keeps my kids entertained. They have varied diet, and enjoy eating flakes and pellets. I even give them peas without the shell, which they gobble up. Occasionally they get shrimp larvae. I've found that having plenty of plants to give them chill out time has cut down on tail nipping, as they do tend to get a bit hyper..lol. But overall, they are a good fish.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too aggressive for my community tank. I had to move them to a separate tank where they are happy and thriving by themselves.
Date published: 2011-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great fish These are great I just started a 36 gallon tank about a week ago and have a gourami, 3 giant Danios ,2 mollys, and 5 long finned tetra and they do great with them they are very active and are Schooling fish so I recommend getting about 5 I have 5 and they always swim together and like shrimp pellets and trop flakes
Date published: 2015-11-15
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