Puntius ticto

Common Names: Firefin Barb
Odessa Barb
Tic-Tac-Toe Barb
Ticto Barb
Two Spot Barb
Synonyms: Barbus ticto
Cyprinus ticto
Puntius ticto var.
Rothee ticto
Systomus ticto
Systomus tripunctatus
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; Selectively bred "Odessa" variety not found in the wild
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Stream
Temperament: Active; Very friendly, showy fish
Diet: Ominvore; Eats flakes or fresh foods readily
Care: Odessa barbs need a minimum 10 gallon aquarium - they are medium-sized and active barbs, albeit not extremely fast.
6 - 8
24°C - 29°C
75°F - 84°F
3 dH - 18 dH
Potential Size: Male: 8cm (3.1")
Female: 8cm (3.1")
Water Region: Middle; Swims everywhere, but stays mostly to the middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: In regular ticto barbs, the male is slightly more brightly colored, with spotted dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins, and the female is plumper. In the Odessa variety, the male has bright red flanks and yellow fins, while the female is more drab in color with orange fins.
Breeding: Odessa barbs are egg scatterers. They will lay their eggs on anything in the aquarium. Parents must be separated from the eggs or they will eat them. Fry will eat tiny live foods, especially "green water". Juveniles grow rapidly.
Comments: Selectively bred "Odessa" variety not found in the wild. Odessa barbs are hardy, brilliantly colored fish. Both Odessa and ticto barbs are great fish for anyone looking for a smallish, peaceful barb.
Main Colours: Silver, Red, Yellow
Markings: Spots Small
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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