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Ruby barb


Species: Puntius nigrofasciatus
Common Name: Black Ruby barb, Purple-headed barb, Ruby barb
Size: 2.5 " (6cm)
Min Tank Size: At least 30 gallons.
Habitat: Asia: Restricted to forest streams from the Kelani to Nilwala basins in Sri Lanka. It occurs in hilly areas up to about 1000' in elevation.
Diet: Omvivorous, flake, live food, sinking pellets.
Behavior: Peaceful and active.
Water: Temperature 72°F to 79°F (22-26°C), pH: 6.0 to 6.5, Hardness: Soft to medium. dH range: 5.0 - 12.0
Care: Easy.
Communities: Good, keep in groups to avoid fin-nipping.
Suitability: Good, should be kept in a planted tank with shade.

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