Pethia nigrofasciata, also known as the Black Ruby Barb.
– Adults typically reach a maximum size of about 2.5 to 3 inches (6 to 7.5 cm).
– A tank of at least 20 gallons for a small group.
– Provide ample swimming space and places to hide among plants and decorations.
– Use a dark substrate and provide dim lighting to enhance their colors.
– Temperature: 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C).
– pH: 6.0 to 7.5.
– Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water.
– Include live plants like Java moss, Anubias, and floating plants to create natural habitats.
– Use driftwood and rocks for hiding spots and to mimic their native environment.
– Omnivorous species with a varied diet.
– Offer high-quality flake or pellet food as a base.
– Supplement their diet with live or frozen foods like bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia.
**Behavior and Compatibility:**
– Peaceful schooling fish best kept in groups of 6 or more.
– Can be kept with other small, peaceful species that share similar water parameters.
– Avoid housing with aggressive or fin-nipping tankmates.
– Regular water changes of 20-30% to maintain water quality.
– Monitor ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels diligently.
– Ensure efficient filtration and maintain a stable environment.
– These fish are egg scatterers.
– Provide fine-leaved plants or a spawning mop for them to lay eggs.
– Parents may eat the eggs, so consider removing them after spawning.
– Raise the fry on infusoria and later baby brine shrimp.
– Observe their behavior and adjust tank conditions if necessary to reduce stress.
– Keep the water clean and maintain consistent water parameters.
– Avoid overcrowding, as it can lead to stress and aggression.
Remember, while the above information serves as a general guide, individual fish may have their own preferences and behaviors. Regular attention to their well-being and habitat is crucial for the health of your Black Ruby Barbs.