Name: Puntius nigrofasciatus
Origin: Sri Lanka
I bought some of these fish about 18 months ago expecting them to be the standard Tiger Barb. Imagine my surprise when they came into breeding condition and the males turned black with a tinge of bright red throughout! I have them in a 150 litre tank with Tiger Barbs, Kribensis, and a large red-tailed shark. The Ruby Barbs get along very amicably with the other fish and cause no harm. They have spawned on a number of ocassions and the fry have proved easy to raise. A delightful barb, very congenial, however I have not tried them in a community tank (yet!).
I have bought 15 of these guys; they are in my 200 L tank with other barbs. When I bought them, I thought - bad luck only females. They were all female looking - it is the pattern of the young stressed males as well. One hour later, I still thought, bad luck, but because I only had 4 females in the 15. They are all fine, the males do intimidate each other sometimes, but it is not a problem. As to breeding, they seem to be harder to breed than other barbs, they seem to be more secret - in a 200 L they can easily hide for breeding, so for now, no breeding seen. I tried putting a pair in another tank, but after 2 weeks with no luck, I put them back to the community tank. In some months I'll give them another try. They are really beautiful fishes and do not hide at all. They are not aggressive fishes.
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