Ticto Barb (Pethia ticto)

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Ticto Barb

Pethia ticto

114 Litres (30 US G.)

7.6-10.2cm (3-4 ")




6.5 - 7.0

14 -22 °C (57.2-71.6°F)

8-10 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Ticto Barb, Tic-Tac-Toe Barb, Two Spot Barb, Firefin Barb

Additional scientific names

Barbus ticto, Puntius ticto

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand. Occurs in the upper Mekong, Salween, Irrawaddy, Meklong and upper Chao Phraya basins.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature males are more brightly coloured, with spotted dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins, and mature females are plumper.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This fish must be kept in a shoal of at least 6 or more in order to prevent any fin-nipping to tank mates.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods including pellets and flake as well as live/frozen foods such as brine shrimp and daphnia.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Ticto Barbs prefer a spacious tank in which to shoal as they can be quite active. They prefer the water on the acidic side.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A relatively peaceful shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This Barb is a golden/silver colour with a black spot just before the pectoral fin, and a second spot back towards the caudal. Can be mistaken for Puntius stoliczkanus.

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