Pethia phutunio, also known as the Green Dwarf Barb:
– Attains a maximum size of about 1.5 inches (2-3 cm).
– Suitable for tanks as small as 10 gallons for a small group.
– Provide hiding spots using plants, rocks, and decorations.
– Temperature: 70°F – 79°F (21°C – 26°C).
– pH: 6.0 – 7.0.
– Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water.
– Incorporate live plants like Java fern, Anubias, and floating plants.
– Utilize fine-gravel substrate and create open swimming areas.
– Omnivorous diet with a preference for small foods.
– Offer high-quality flake food, micro pellets, and live or frozen foods.
**Behavior and Compatibility:**
– Generally peaceful and social; best kept in groups of 6 or more.
– Suitable for community tanks with other small, non-aggressive species.
– Perform regular 20-30% water changes to maintain water quality.
– Monitor water parameters and ensure stability.
– Egg scatterer with moderate breeding difficulty.
– Provide fine-leaved plants or a spawning mop for egg attachment.
– Consider a separate breeding tank for egg protection.
– Observe behavior for health and compatibility.
– Maintain good water quality and provide a balanced diet.
– Avoid overcrowding to prevent stress-related issues.
Remember that while these care guidelines provide a general overview, individual fish may exhibit unique behaviors and preferences. Continuous observation and adjustments to care are important for the well-being of your Green Dwarf Barbs (Pethia phutunio).