Puntius denisonii
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Puntius denisonii

Common Names: Denison Barb
Red Line Barb
Red Line Torpedo Barb
Torpedo Barb
Synonyms: Barbus denisonii
Crossocheilus denisonii
Labeo denisonii
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; South India
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Quickly-flowing, high elevation streams.
Temperament: Schooling; Peaceful and active. This is a schooling species.
Diet: Ominvore; The Denisonii Barb, like most members of the genus, is not a picky eater. This fish will readily accept flakes, sinking pellets, and other processed foods, as well as small live and frozen foods. It will also eat many kinds of fruit and vegetables, and may pick at soft aquarium plants.
Care: A large tank is needed for this extremely active species. The tank should have open swimming areas, but also plants, driftwood, rocks, or other objects to provide hiding places. The Denisonii Barb does not need a heated tank.
6.5 - 7.5
15°C - 25°C
59°F - 77°F
Potential Size: Male: 14cm (5.5")
Female: 14cm (5.5")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Unable to determine.
Breeding: Not observed in aquarium.
Comments: This barb was discovered and scientifically described in 1865, though it has not become popular in the hobby until recently. This sudden surge in popularity has given rise to the misconception that this species was only discovered a few years ago. Because all specimens available in retail stores are imported from the wild, prices remain very high. Despite the high cost for a shoal of this species, many hobbyists are acquiring them and finding that they make great fish for peaceful community tank
Main Colours: Gold, Red, Black
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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Image Credit: krige
Submitted By: Shalako
Contributors: bettachris, Natalie, lochness&ruby
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