Puntius padamya "Odessa" Videos

This is a clip taken in February of 2013 after 4+ years of selective breeding for a. broad, velvety
red stripe against yellow, green and delicate deep black markings.

They are at their most brilliant in a medium lit, well aerated tank with plants to hide in, and about
77-78 degrees.. A dark background can help, but isn't required if they feel safe. They will be most
vivid when hungry and when the water quality is good. Less than bright, and the filter may need to
be changed. See the Odessa Barb Care Page for more information.


This was taken in 2009, and when compared to the fish in the video above, the results of
years of selective breeding can be seen. It was a great line to start with, but the color and
markings are inconsistent, and of each batch of 150, only about 6 or 7 would be what I was
looking for. This was the group of the best looking fish at that time.



This is the original clip taken with a lesser fidelity camera, but the color is closest to
how they appear live.



It is very difficult to get a good red color on an inexpensive video camera, but this video
gives you an idea of the intense color 5 years of selective breeding has achieved. Getting
closer to where I would like them to be, this video taken fall of 2012 shows the intense red
of the current breeder males. Each breeding cycle results from the 4 or 5 best fish of this
group breeding with 7 or 8 of the best colored females available. Taking up to 8 months
to color up, there are usually over 500 of various ages growing out.


Though the lineup at Select Aquatics is primarily livebearers, a fish as spectacularly
colored as these are- where every fish is as incredibly colored as the next, had to be
bred and worked with. All of these fish are selectively bred here for color that is intense,
and contrasting. For example, we have selected for the yellow dorsal background
as well as a wide, deep red stripe and intense black markings.

Check out the videos of growth rates of the Odessas HERE.    


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