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Denison Barb

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Denison Barb (Sahyadria denisonii )

Care level: Easy
Max Size: 15cm
Diet: Omnivore
Temp: 15-25°C
PH: 6-8
Purchase size: 4-5cm

The Denison Barb, sometimes referred to as Torpedo Barb or Roseline Shark is a highly prized large shoaling species of fish native to India. They are a peaceful shoaling species that should be kept in a group of at least 6 specimens. Smaller numbers tend to be more skittish and a lot less active. The aquarium should be at least 4ft in length and well planted with an open swimming area in the middle. Choose firm plants like anubias as these barbs like to occasionally nibble on softer, more delicate plants. Flow should be fast and the water very well oxygenated for this species and the temperature at the lower end.

They can be kept in a community as long as there are no particularly small fish as they're likely to be eaten. They make great companions for Pencilfish, Rainbow Shiners, hillstream loaches, Rainbowfish, Giant Danios and other barbs.

Food can be offered in the form of tropical pellets and fresh or frozen fish foods such as mysis, brine shrimp, bloodworm, daphnia and mosquito larvae.

When these barbs first became available in the hobby, they were so popular that they were over fished by a huge margin. Thankfully, the fish you see in shops now are tank bred and very rarely wild. Wild specimens will come with a very hefty pricetag.


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