Select Aquatics of Erie CO.
                 Pethia padamya "Odessa"

      Common Name: Odessa Barb

      Water Conditions- Temp. 70-80, Plants are Very Important for 
      Security, Low to Moderate Light for Best Color, Tank of  
      at least 20 Gallons, Water Changes.

       Behavior- Schooling, Community Fish.

       Breeding- Mildly Adhesive Egg Scatterers

       Size- 2.5 inches


       Price- $15.00 each - Males or Females
       6 unsexed young - $50.00



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    Occasionally seen as one of a number of fish referred to as the “Odessa Barb”, Puntius
    padamya is far more colorful and brilliant than just about any other freshwater fish, even
    rivaling the intensity of color in saltwater fish.

    After 5 years of selective breeding, this fish now is consistently bright red with deep
    black lace markings. See Videos for most recent stock. As well, see 5 page section
    on breeding the Odessa barbs, how they are bred here and their growth rates,
    click HERE.

    This species was only recently described as P. padamya, in 2008.

    Puntius padamya is a peaceful, active, omnivorous community fish best kept in groups
    of 5 or more in at least a 30 gallon aquarium. They show their best color when at 74-78
    degrees, low to moderate light, plants for security, active aeration and a darker bottom.
    The males are always at full color when they are comfortable, intensifying when being fed.
    A group of them is a spectacular broad splash of red (see video) that can be seen from
    across the room, unlike anything seen in any other tropical fish. Customers have
    written with tips they have found to help keep them at their most intense color , most
    consistently, which are covered in the care guide Here. Though this fishroom is
    primarily livebearers, this has proven to be one of the most satisfying fish to
    selectively breed and work with.

    It has taken about 2 years to dial in the breeding of this fish, and we are constantly
    working toward larger spawns that grow quickly. There are pics of fry at the 
    Breeding page, where how we breed them is discussed.


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    This shows the difference between the
    male and female coloration. The female
    is the top fish in this photo. Females don't
    possess the red stripe, and show
    both spots on their side. Males lose the 2nd
    spot near the tail as they mature.






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