Odessa Barb



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The Odessa Barb is sometimes known as the Scarlet Barb, and the body of the female is silver and pink with a black spot above the pectoral fin. The male is black to silver in coloration and has a beautiful bright red stripe running horizontally from the head to the tail. They are very beautiful and lively fish that prefer to be in schools.

They do prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Scarlet Barb is a very active fish that may pester or even nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish.

It is best, when trying to breed the Odessa Barb, to house a number of Barbs in the same aquarium until they pair off. After a pair has developed, the female will lay her eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. The fry will be free-swimming after about 5 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Odessa Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as freeze dried, live, and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.


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lino April 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

crazy fishes killed my litlle tiger barbs

Charlene May 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm

I LOVE these little guys so much! Friendly, comical, beautiful, and they eat algae off even delicate leaves without damage.
I think I read that if they are kept in small numbers, they can be aggressive. I have seven, they love to swim in the current, and forage through the plants. So cute!

Darilis June 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

i have one of these in my tank it would bother the heck out of my silver dolla and angle fish but i put a little mirror in the tank and it totally has been distracted since. it’s the only fish in the tank that actually gets a kick out of looking at itself. beautiful, hearty fish though, most active in the tank and semi aggressive. with a mirror in the tank i would recommend, without mirror beware, these fish can be kind of detrimental to other fish, at least the one i have is without some sort of entertainment. i had a leopard barb but it one day disappeared i thin the dinosaur bachir ate it.. the odessa barb bothered the leopard barb too.

Darilis June 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm

The other barb i had was actually a snake skin barb. beautiful fish too.

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