The Denison Barb is a handsome, active fish hailing from southern India. Its sudden popularity, however, led to overharvesting; as a result, it is now on the endangered list. If you choose to include Denison Barbs in your tank, you’ll need to buy several?and you’ll need a fairly large freshwater tank. One of the most popular ornamental fish species in international trade, the Denison barb (Puntius denisonii) is an endangered and endemic fish of the Western Ghats, India. It is easy to see why this species has been in such demand, with its attractive colouration of silvery scales across the body, silvery-blue fins and bluish tail with black and yellow tips.
How Denison barbs behave around other fish
Denison Barbs are generally peaceful, but they can be aggressive and care should be taken to keep them with species that are similar or larger in size. They should be kept in schools, of a half dozen or more; as a result, they are best kept only in larger tanks of 55 gallons or more. Other Barbs, Danios, larger members of the Tetra family, Rainbows, and most Cichlids are suitable tank mates. The key is to provide keep them in a school and provide them with plenty of space.
What to know about feeding aquarium fish
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.