Habitat of Rosy Barb Fish

Description: Learning the natural habitat of Rosy Barb fish will help you understand its preference and increase the probability of a long lifespan. 



The natural habitat of Rosy Barb fish subtropical parts of Asia. It can live or inhabit fast-flowing rivers or waters with a high supply of oxygen. However, it prefers lentic water conditions; such as lakes, bogs, and ponds.  

Around their natural habitat would be plants and debris to act as shelters or places for hiding and breeding. Parts of Asia where Rosy Barbs’ are from include Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  Although wild Rosy Barbs are not usually available in shops, it has already been bred majorly for commercial basis. 


Rosy Barb fish’s Habitat in India
The origin habitat of Rosy Barb fish is in Southern Asia. In India, it can be specifically found in Damodar River. They are found in shallow and slow-moving rivers with stagnant pools. The conditions at Damodar River was observed for breeding purposes of the Rosy Barbs. These species were also found in floodplain lakes of Kashmir Valley.  


Rosy Barbs are omnivorous. In the wild, they feed on worms, crustaceans, insects, and plant matter. They can live up to 5 years, and can mostly grow up from 10 to 15 cm in the wild.


Water Condition 
The waters of Southern Asia where India is located are cooler than most aquarium fishes are accustomed to. This is a fact to bear in mind if you want to have different species of tank mates for your Rosy Barbs. 

Rosy Barb fish’s Habitat Outside of India
Apart from their original habitat in Southern Asia, Rosy Barbs has been spread around the globe by men. Because of that, they can also be found in Australia, Myanmar, Mexico, Singapore, Colombia, and Puerto Rico. They are often found in hill areas where the water runs fast. 


The size and appearance of the fish may vary depending on the region they are from; some can grow larger than others or having different colorations and patterns. For example, Rosy Barbs from the Darjeeling area in Siwalik Mountains, West Bengal has more reflective scales and intensely colored. 


Water Condition
Their natural habitat has a pH of around 6 – 8, a water hardness of 5 -19 dGH, and water temperature with the range of 18 – 22 degrees Celsius. Due to the distribution that has been done, the Rosy Barbs are occupying ornamental lakes, small and large streams in southwestern Australia. Meanwhile, in southeastern Brazil, they occupy small Atlantic Forest streams. 


That covers the original habitat of Rosy Barb fish and its distribution around the world. What makes this species of fish popular among fish keepers is because of the fish’s ability of both males and females to change the coloration of their body when they are ready to breed. 
The distribution of the fish is supported by men, resulting in the fish being readily available in pet shops. Are you interested in keeping them? Apart from recreating their habitat. You need to have at least 5 of them in one tank, because they live in shoals and hates solitude! 


References:
https://www.fishkeepingworld.com/rosy-barb/#Habitat_and_Tank_Conditions
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosy_barb
https://meethepet.com/rosy-barb/#Habitat_in_the_wild
https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/121017#tohabitat
https://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cyprinids/rosybarb.php
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/barbs/rosybarb.php
https://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/pethia-conchonius/ 

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