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Odessa Barb (Pethia padamya) school

Odessa Barb (Puntius padamya) a.k.a. Scarlet Barb

Odessa Barb (Puntius ticto)

Female Odessa Barb (Puntius padamya)

The Odessa Barb (Pethia padamya) is also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Scarlet Barb or Ticto Barb.

At one time the Odessa Barb (Pethia padamya)  was believed to be one of the Puntius ticto color variations, however, it’s  natural coloring lacks the wide red stripe along its body, peculiar for this species and in 2008, Pethia padamya was re-described as a separate species.

Native to South East Asia, the Odessa Barb‘s native region includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Puntius ticto live in the upper Mekong, Meklong, Irrawaddy, Salween and upper portions of the Chao Phraya basin.

Male Odessa Barbs are black to silver in color with a beautiful bright red stripe that runs horizontally from the head to the caudal fin. Females are silver and pink with a black spot above the pectoral fin.

Odessa Barbs are active schooling fish that prefer a densely planted tank of at least 30 gallon capacity with soft, mildly acidic water. Their aquarium should be aquascaped with rocks and driftwood, but leave plenty of space for the fish to swim. Because they are a schooling fish, they should be kept in groups of at least 6 specimens.

Odessa Barbs are constantly in motion and should not be housed with slower moving fish. They may nip the fins of larger slower moving species.

Breeding Odessa Barbs is a matter of placing a number of specimens in a tank until they begin to pair off.   When a pair develops, the female will start laying eggs while the male follows behind her fertilizing them.  Some Java Fern should be placed in the tank to provide the fry with hiding places when they hatch out.

Once hatched the fry will be free swimming in 5 to 6 days, at which time they should be fed newly hatched brine shrimp until they are large enough to be fed a quality crushed flake food.

Mature Odessa Barbs should be fed a quality flake food with frequent supplements of live, frozen, or freeze dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, daphnia, tubifex, mosquito larvae and vegetable matter.

Odessa Barbs are usually 1″ to 1-1/2″ when available for purchase in tropical fish shops.

Odessa Barb (Puntius ticto)

Odessa Barb (Puntius padamya)








Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy in groups
Water Conditions: 74-79° F, KH 4-10, pH 6.0-7.0
Max. Size: 3″
Color Form: Red, White
Diet: Omnivore
Compatibility: Suitable for community tanks
Origin: Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra
Family: Cyprinidae
Lifespan: up to 5 – 7 years
Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner

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