Rosy Barb (Pethia conchonius)

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Rosy Barb

Male Rosy Barb.jpg
Male Rosy Barb

Pethia conchonius

76 Litres (20 US G.)

7.6-10.2cm (3-4 ")




7.2 - 7.8

18 -25 °C (64.4-77°F)

5-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-4 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Rosy Barb, Red Barb

Additional scientific names

Barbus conchonius, Cyprinus conchonius, Puntius conchonius khagariansis, Systomus conchonius, Systomus pyropterus, Systomus pyrrhopterus, Puntius conchonius


Found throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. There have been reports of it in Myanmar.[1]


Males are green towards the dorsal fin, females are redder. Males have black spots on the dorsal fin, also their fins grow quite long.

Tank compatibility[edit]

One of the most peaceful of the Barbs, but just to be safe, do not keep with slow-moving or long-finned fish such as Bettas and Angelfish as they still may be fin nipped. Keep in shoaling groups of 5 or more, more females than males if mixed sexes.


Will accept most foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Fairly hardy towards most tank environments. Keep in a spacious tank with ample open swimming space as well as hiding places.


One of the more peaceful Barbs that is unlikely to be aggressive towards tank mates, especially if kept in a shoal. It should be remembered that this fish can get bigger than many community fish, and to be careful not to keep fish with a major difference in size in the same tank.


The Rosy Barb has no barbels and has slight lateral compression. The back is copper to green-gold, the flanks are bright orange to red and metallic looking. Near the caudal peduncle is a black spot. The reddish fins may be elaborate with the anal and dorsal fins have black borders along the upper-parts. Males turn a deep, but bright red colour at spawning times.




  1. Fishbase (Mirrors: Icons-flag-us.png) Distribution

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