One of the most stunning barbs available on the market would have to be the much sort after Red Line Torpedo Barb. As with all barbs they are a very hardy fish that will accept a wide variety of water perimeters.
Common Name(s) : Red Line Torpedo Barb
Family : Cyprinidae
Species : Sahyadria denisonii
Origin : Western India
PH : 6.5 – 7.5
Hardness : Soft to Hard
Temperature : 18 – 28°C / 64–82°F
Maximum Size : 15cm / 6 inches
Lifespan : 5+ years
Aggression Level : Not aggressive, will eat small fish when bigger (4/10)
Recommended Tank Size : 200 Litres +
Strata : Visits all areas
Red Line Torpedo Barbs are characterized by a torpedo-shaped body with silver scales, a red line running from their snout, through the eye, back towards the middle of the body; and below the red line, a black line that runs the length of the fish to the tail.
As they mature, a distinctive green/blue marking on top of the head develops. Red Line Torpedo Barbs can reach a length of 15 centimetres (6 inches) but typically will only reach 9–11 centimetres (3.5–4.3 inches)
TANK SET UP
Provide rocks, large pieces of driftwood, live or fake plants etc for lots of cover
SUITABLE TANK MATES
- Dwarf Cichlids
- Siamese Flying Fox
- Silver Dollars
Omnivores – Bloodworm, Brine Shrimp, Flakes, Pellets, Vegetables
SEXING AND BREEDING
Sexing Red Line Torpedo Barbs is difficult – even more difficult is telling you how they breed.
Some suggest there needs to be en mass amount of males and females present. What is known is they are egg scatterers.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Red Line Torpedo Barbs are endangered (mostly due to the aquarium trade !!) and are very difficult to come by.