Black Ruby Barb (Pethia Nigrofasciata)
The Black Ruby Barb is sometimes referred to as Purple-headed barb, Purplehead barb, Ruby barb, or Black barb.
Black Ruby Barb is a captivating freshwater fish renowned for its stunning coloration and graceful swimming patterns. Growing to a size of 2 to 3 inches in length, this remarkable fish features a deep black body with vibrant red fins, making it a striking addition to any aquarium.
These fish are best kept in schools of at least 6 to 8 individuals, showcasing their vibrant colors and mesmerizing, synchronized movements. They thrive in a well-planted tank with plenty of swimming space and hiding spots such as driftwood or rock formations. Overall, the Black Ruby Barb is a beautiful and fascinating fish that is sure to add a splash of color to any aquarium.
Tank Habitat and Care:
To create a comfortable and natural environment for your Black Ruby Barb, provide them with a well-maintained aquarium of at least 20 gallons. Their ideal habitat includes plenty of live plants, driftwood, and smooth rocks for hiding spots and security. They prefer water temperatures between 72°F and 79°F and a pH level of 6.0 to 7.5.
Black Ruby Barbs are a peaceful species, making them compatible with other similarly sized and temperament tank mates. Be sure to avoid housing them with aggressive or fin-nipping fish to ensure a stress-free environment. Proper filtration and regular water changes are crucial for maintaining optimal water quality, as they can be sensitive to sudden changes.
As omnivorous fish, Black Ruby Barbs require a balanced diet for optimal health and coloration. High-quality flake or pellet food should make up the majority of their diet, with occasional feedings of live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms for added nutrition. A varied diet will help ensure they receive all the necessary nutrients for a healthy and vibrant life.
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