Odessa Barb

lg 89755 Odessa Barb male
Latin name: (Puntius sp.)

Care Level





Red, White



Preferred Conditions


Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons



The Scarlet Barb is an active and hardy fish that will do very well in an aquarium of at least 30 gallons. They prefer soft, slightly acidic water and a well-planted tank with plenty of space for swimming. Rocks and driftwood can be added for decoration, but be warned that the Scarlet Barb may pester or nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish. To ensure a peaceful environment, it is important to provide them with plenty of space and to avoid housing them with larger fish. With proper care, the Scarlet Barb can make a great addition to any aquarium.

When trying to breed the Odessa Barb, it is important to house a number of them in the same aquarium and provide the right environment for them to pair off. Once a pair has formed, the female will lay her eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. After about 5 days, the fry will be free-swimming and ready to be fed. To ensure the fry grow healthy and strong, provide newly hatched brine shrimp as a starter food, and then switch to crushed flake food as they grow. Additionally, regular water changes should be conducted to keep the aquarium environment clean and healthy for the fry. Finally, make sure to observe the fry’s health and growth closely, as well as remove any sick or dead fry from the aquarium.

If your Odessa Barb is not eating well, it may be because its diet is not varied enough. A variety of foods including vegetables, meaty foods, and quality flake food is essential to a healthy Odessa Barb. Feeding your Odessa Barb live, freeze dried, and frozen foods will help to ensure that it is getting the nutrients it needs.

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