as one of a number of fish referred to as the “Odessa Barb”, Puntius
padamya is far more colorful and brilliant than just about
any other freshwater fish, even
rivaling the intensity of color in saltwater fish.
After 5 years of selective breeding, this fish now is
consistently bright red with deep
black lace markings. See
Videos for most recent
This species was only recently described as P. padamya, in
Puntius padamya is a peaceful, active, omnivorous community
fish best kept in groups
of 5 or more in at least a 30 gallon aquarium. They show
their best color when at 74-78
degrees, low to moderate
for security, active
and a darker bottom.
The males are always at full color when they are comfortable,
intensifying when being fed.
A group of them is a spectacular broad splash of red (see
video) that can be seen from
across the room, unlike anything I had ever seen in any other
tropical fish. Customers
have written with tips they have found to help keep them at
their most intense color
most consistently, which are covered in the care guide
this fishroom is
primarily livebearers, this has proven to be one of the most
satisfying fish to selectively
breed and work with.
It has taken about 2 years
to dial in the breeding of this fish, and we are constantly
toward larger spawns that grow quickly. There are pics of
both 3 week and 6 month old fry
at the Breeding page, where how
we breed them is discussed.
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