Denisoni Barb
Sahyadria denisonii

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Tank Size

55 gallon


Black, Red, White, Yellow



Water Conditions

60-77° F, KH 4-10, pH 6.8-7.8


General: The Denisoni Barb is from the fast-moving, mountainous streams of India. Naturally, the Denisoni Barb is a very active fish and is tolerant of slightly cooler water temperatures (60 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit). This schooling species develops a very noticeable, bright red stripe along the anterior half of the lateral line and yellow stripes inside of the caudal fin.

Fecundity (Reproduction): The Denisoni Barb has scarcely been bred in captivity without the addition of hormones. Although, this species will be most likely to breed when natural conditions have been closely mimicked. Highly oxygenated, flowing water with plenty of habitat may trigger breeding events.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.8 to 8.0 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 12 dGH)

Aquarium Diet: Brine shrimp, blackworms, spirulina, omnivore pellets

Compatibility: Despite being a very active species that reaches a length of five inches, the Denisoni Barb is best kept with other peaceful fish that reach a similar length. The Denisoni Barb should be kept in schools of three or more to limit any possible aggression. Rainbowfish, Gourami, Corydoras, and large Tetra make great companions for the Denisoni Barb.

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Author: Aquatics Unlimited