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Rosy Barbs

NZ Bred 

Rosy Barb (Pethia Conchonius)

Native Location: India

Climate: Freshwater

Maximum Size: 15cm (6 inches)

Temperament: Semi-agressive

Diet: Omnivore

Breeding: Beginner

Temperature Range: 18 – 22℃ (64 – 72℉)

Preferred pH Range: 6.5

Minimum Aquarium Size: 113L (30 gallons)

Potential Tankmates: Tetras, Danios, Gouramis

Care Level: Easy

 

Enjoy the presence of Rosy Barbs as they thrive in a school, creating an excellent display in your tank with other like-minded community fish.

 

Rosy Barbs are hearty eaters and will enjoy a variety of foods including vegetables but also meaty food. Try a varied diet of plant matter, insects, flakes and pellet foods. They will eat any live foods so long as they can fit in their mouth. Also, boil some zucchini and peas as a treat. They will likely graze on any hair algae growing in your aquarium too. All you have to worry about when it comes to feeding them, is overfeeding. Rosy Barbs are schooling fish and need to be with no less than six others of their kind. If kept alone, Rosy Barbs will become stressed. Rosy Barbs are known to have aggressive tendencies and fin-nipping behaviour. So avoid housing them with slower-moving and long-finned fish; keeping them in larger schools curbs these behaviours.

 

When in decent sized schools, Rosy Barbs make excellent community fish. They socialise well with other non-aggressive fish. There are studies of success with Rosy Barbs housed with cichlids as dither fish. Meaning they help reduce innate timidity, aggression and promote normal social behaviours in other fish housed with them. A lid will need to be kept on your tank at all times, as Rosy Barbs are good jumpers and will likely try to escape. Rosy Barbs can also handle a range of water parameters if kept consistently. And are known to handle higher levels of nitrates. Live vegetation is a good choice for décor, but avoid soft-leave plants, as they will not survive with Rosy Barbs around.

 

As Rosy Barbs mature, the male becomes redder and slender. The female remains smaller and plumper. Females are also more yellow, olive, and gold in their colourings. Their ideal breeding tank is only a few inches deep in water, with plenty of vegetation. When hatched, move the fry to a different tank with more water, or you will see their growth stunted. Move adults to another (or back to the original) tank, otherwise, they will eat the fry.

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, they are treated for any possible diseases and given a complete health check  to make sure they are health, happy and eating well before being placed in our display aquariums, ready for sale.

Dead on Arrival (DOA) Policy: In the unfortunate event that your fish arrives dead, please follow these steps: Within 12 hours of the delivery, take clear, unopened bag pictures showing the deceased fish. Send these photographs and your order number to our customer service email at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or to our Facebook page and we will then offer a refund or store credit for the cost of the fish. 

Two-Week Guarantee Policy: We stand behind the health and quality of our fish, which is why we offer a two-week guarantee starting from the day of delivery. If your fish dies within this time frame, adhere to the following procedure: Take clear photos of the deceased fish. Using a reliable test kit, document via a dated photo, water parameters (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite levels). Please email us the photographs, water parameters, and order number to getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or our Facebook page. After reviewing your claim, if approved, we will issue a store credit for the cost of the fish. Our two-week guarantee does not cover fish deaths due to unsuitable water conditions, incompatible tank mates or “disasters” i.e. a heater overheating. We recommend thoroughly researching each fish species' needs before introducing them to your aquarium to prevent such situations. 

 Freight Charges: Please note that shipping or freight charges are non-refundable under all circumstances. We hope this guide makes our refund and guarantee process more understandable. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please get in touch with us at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz. We are always happy to assist. Thank you for choosing The Fish Room. Happy fish keeping! 

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Sacha Russell
Barb order

Purchased 2 different varieties of barbs in stock. Fish were happy, healthy and the vibrant colours reflected that. Cam is always full of knowledge
Will be back for more soon.
A+++++ service and quality