Odessa Barb
Puntius padamya

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2 - 5

Minimum Tank Size



Red, White, Yellow, Black



Water Conditions

74-79° F, KH 4-10, pH 6.0-7.0


General: The odessa barb originates from Myanmar. Many aquarists originally thought it was a hybrid when it first arrived at the aquarium market in the 1970s. Odessa barbs do well in aquariums that have lots of plants, driftwood, and good oxygenation. They also require a large open swimming area since they are a schooling species.

Fecundity: Odessa barbs can be conditioned to spawn by feeding live or frozen brine shrimp and blood worm as well as other small insects. Increasing the frequency of water changes helps as well. The tank should have some sort of medium in which the eggs can fall into without the adults eating the eggs, such as areas of dense plantings, a spawning mop, or grating that the eggs can fall through. Also, ensure a fair amount of water movement in the breeding aquarium so fungus won't grow on the eggs. It is recommended to have a small group of odessa barbs when spawning, and once they spawn the adults can be separated, as they exhibit no parental care. The fry will be rather small, so at first they will need to be fed infusoria and later on baby brine shrimp.

Water Chemistry: Odessa barbs prefer a water temperature that ranges from 74-79F, a KH that ranges from 4-10, and a pH that ranges from 6.0-7.0.

Aquarium Diet: Odessa barbs are omnivores and will accept frozen or live brine shrimp and blood worm, small pellets, and fish flake.

Dimorphism: Male odessa barbs are much more vivid in color, most notably displaying a bright red streak across their bodies, while females are slightly larger than males and gray in color.

Compatibility: Odessa barbs should be kept in a decent sized group of at least six to ten individuals. Be sure to have a fair mix of males and females. Other tankemates include other barbs, loaches, panda garras, or giant danios.