Home Log In New Products
Customer Service My Favorites Sale Items
How to Order My Account Clearance
About Us List Previous Orders
Check Your Cart/
Place Your Order
Items in this order 0
September 22, 2018
Product Search
Advanced Search
Search Manufacturers
Search Pond Only
Additives*
Aeration*
Aquarium Mats
Aquariums & Kits*
Aquariums & Stands*
Breeding & Propagation*
Breeding Equipment
Cabinets & Stands
Check Valves
Cleaning Supplies
Controllers & Monitors
Cooling Fans
Coral Propagation
Decorations*
Feeders & Dosers
Filter & Reactor Media*
Filtration*
Foods & Feeding*
Gravel & Substrates*
Heating & Cooling
Heating & Cooling*
Lighting*
Maintenance & Cleaning*
Medications, Prevention, & Pests*
Medications,Prevention, & Pests*
Miscellaneous Products*
Plant Care & CO2*
Plumbing & Tubing*
Pond Liners & Accessories*
Pumps & Flow*
Testing & Controllers*
Thermometers
Water Conditioners, R/O, & Salt*
Replacement Parts
Miscellaneous Products

SSL
News & Reviews Article
Title Black Ruby Barb
Author

Sara Waller

Last Updated

2018-07-09

Abstract

A brief description of the black ruby barb.


                                                   

The black ruby barb (Pethia nigrofasciata) is a small fish native to Sri Lanka where it’s restricted to the Kelani and Nilwala river basins in the southwestern ‘wet zone’ of the island, plus smaller drainages in the area between them.   Export of wild specimens from Sri Lanka is currently prohibited which means that all those available in the aquarium trade should be bred on a commercial basis.  This fish grows to an adult size of just over 2 inches long.  Adult males are noticeably smaller, slimmer, and more colorful than females, especially during the spawning season when the overall color pattern darkens with the head and anterior portion of the body becoming a beautiful reddish-purple.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

The black ruby barb should be maintained in an aquarium of 29 gallons or larger.  A dark colored soft, sandy substrate (CS6631) is a good choice.  Driftwood (ZM2000) and  live or artificial plants may also be incorporated.           

The black ruby barb prefers a temperature of 68°F to 80°F, a pH of 5.5 to 7.5, and a hardness of of up to 2 to 16°H.  

The black ruby barb is generally very peaceful and suitable for a community aquarium.  Because of its wide range of accepted water parameters, the black ruby barb can be kept with many types of popular aquarium fish.  Good choices can include other small peaceful barbs, rasboras, tetras, livebearers, rainbowfish, anabantoids, catfish, and loaches.

                                     

Wild fish are most likely foragers feeding on diatoms, algae, organic detritus, small insects, worms, crustaceans, and other zooplankton.  In the aquarium it will readily accept most prepared foods.  Good choices include a high quality flake food containing spirulina (AL165) supplemented with frozen bloodworms (SF4792) or brine shrimp (SF6777).  For maximum color, growth, and health these fish will look their best when given probiotics (AL169) in addition to a balanced diet.

                                       

Products related to this article
Super Natural Tahitian Moon Black 20lb Premium Aquarium Substrate
CS6631
Mopani Wood Small 6-8
ZM2000
CS Pro Flake Calanus & Spirulina Food 1oz
AL165
AquaLife Bio-Pro Plus 6oz Probiotic Health Supplement
AL169

Show other
Related Products



Log In | Customer Service | How to Order | Home | About Us | Contact Us | Advanced Search
Search Tips | New Products | Sale Items | Clearance | AquaLife Products
Browse Manufacturers | News & Articles
My Favorites | My Account | List Previous Orders



© 2018 Aquarium Life Support Systems
All rights reserved