Golden Denison Barb (Xanti Torpedo)
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Also known by the names Red Torpedo Barb and Roseline Shark, the Gold Denison’s Barb (Sahyadria denisonii) is one of the most strikingly colorful and active fish available for the freshwater aquarium. The natural color form of this species has become extremely popular among aquarists over the past few years, and a few commercial breeding programs have been developed to ensure its longevity in the aquarium hobby. This new color morph has recently been developed, although it is still very rare. The Gold Denison’s Barb is known for its incredible bright red and gold adult coloration as well as its peaceful disposition. Juveniles are sometimes more pale, but will mature to vivid, intense coloration. It is a very hardy species that will thrive in most community and planted aquariums of appropriate size.
Care is simple for the Gold Denison’s Barb. It is tolerant of a wide range of water parameters, but it will thrive in an aquarium with ample filtration and moderate to high water flow. This active fish is known to jump occasionally, so a secure aquarium lid is recommended. It will readily eat most high-quality dry foods, but it should also be offered fresh vegetables such as zucchini and cucumber as well as meaty frozen or freeze-dried foods.
As stated above, the Gold Denison’s Barb is a peaceful fish, but it will prey on dwarf shrimp and other very small invertebrates. It does not seem to bother most snails, and we have found it to be generally peaceful with most larger shrimp (such as Amano, Flower, Green Lace, and Vampire Shrimp) as long as they are too large to be considered easy prey. The Gold Denison’s Barb is a schooling fish that should be kept in a group of at least 6 to 8 fish.
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 59° - 77° F (15° - 25° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.8
- KH: 4 - 10 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 50 gallons