PotatoFish Posted July 9, 2022 Share Posted July 9, 2022 (edited) In case anyone has been considering Rosy Barbs, I just wanted to share some of my anecdotal experience in keeping them so that maybe others will have a few things to consider before trying them out. Looks First off, they are really pretty fish, especially the long-fin (hyphenated?) variety. The males color up and exhibit some amazing colors, and even the females are a wonderful, bright yellow. The single male I kept in my goldfish tank for a couple years was a wonderful bright orange red. He became even more striking when I started feeding the tank krill flakes. Behavior They will DEFINITELY pick on, nibble at, and help keep black beard algae in check. In my case, it was utter extermination with the single male I had in my tank. I later added a group of females and another male, and they utterly stripped that tank clean of any and all traces of BBA and string algae (which I suspect came from my Marimo moss ball). They are supposed to be relatively peaceful fish, but I think that is very much on a fish-by-fish basis. The single male I had for a LONG time with my goldfish never once picked at or nipped her long, flowy fins. The new group of females and male were a rabid bunch of fin nippers. As such, I had to re-home them and kept my super docile male, who at this time was about 3.5" from nose to peduncle (longer if you count the long, flowy fins he had). This male, unfortunately, died when I was moving. I'm not sure how or why. I had a battery-operated air pump and air stone in a good-sized cooler with clean water. I think it may have been the stress; he stayed with us a little while after the tank got set up (same day as the move), but he never seemed to recover. I really liked that fish. I didn't get a replacement rosy barb for a while, and BBA came creeping back and invaded in force. I caved and bought a new male, long-fin rosy barb. When he was introduced to the tank, that BBA went from looking fluffy to looking mowed down seemingly overnight. The new tank savior also suddenly tore into the goldfish after living peacefully together for more almost a month. It was just as fast and brutal as the BBA, only instead of "seemingly overnight" it all happened in one "literal night." Conclusion These are excellent fish, and they look absolutely phenomenal. They didn't seem to give any of the fast-swimming fish any trouble, nor did they give the dojo loach any trouble, and he just sat at the bottom hiding under plants a lot of the time. But it just seems like a real coin toss whether you will get one with a violent tank boss personality or one that is a zen master and hair algae mowing machine. Be careful and watch them closely if you have any fish you may have concerns about. I wish you the best of luck in keeping them if you choose to have them in a community tank. Final note: The goldfish tank I kept mine in was a cold water tank and had no heater. My wife keeps the house about the same temperature year-round, so it was just "room heating/cooling." Edited July 10, 2022 by PotatoFish 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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