Barb Rosy Neon (Pair)
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The Neon Rosy Barb is one of the most colorful varieties developed from the popular Rosy Barb Puntius conchonius. This variety is truly striking with its glowing, rosy body. A school of these illuminated beauties are fun to watch because they are constantly on the move. They are just one of several varieties developed from the Rosy Barb. Others include the Long Fin Rosy Barb, Red Glass Rosy Barb, and Gold Neon Rosy Barb.
These colorful fish are hardy and undemanding and will give any aquarium an energetic boost. Like all varieties of the Rosy Barb, they enjoy the companionship of 4 to 6 of their own kind. They are always active, so they need plenty of room to swim. These peaceful fish will do well in a community aquarium and will only occasionally nip a tankmate's fins. Neon Rosy Barbs prefer cooler water, 64 to 72° F (18-22° C), so take care to select tankmates that will also thrive in cooler temperatures.
These barbs are a good choice for beginning fish keepers, but they make a dynamic display in any aquarium. These good-sized Cyprinids will reach about 4 inches (10 cm) in length in the aquarium, though wild populations of its parentage can reach up to about 6 inches (15 cm). A school of Neon Rosy Barbs will need at least a 20-gallon aquarium, but being very active, they will do much better in a larger tank that is at least 20 inches long and 30 or more gallons. These fish are great jumpers, too, so keep the tank securely covered.
A school of these delightful fish display some very interesting behaviors. The males will spend most of their time swimming around each other displaying, spreading out their fins to show off their best colors. Like all varieties of this species, they are prolific breeders, and when spawning, the males' colors intensify. To successfully spawn, they will need a breeding tank with shallow water that is just a couple inches deep.