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Red Line Torpedo Barb (
Red Line Torpedo Barb
26 - 30 C
These guys are wonderful. Very peaceful too. Color is awesome and as they get older the scales get a greenish tint to it. I think the greenish tint varies from fish to fish because I have some small ones that have developed the greenish tint while my large one still doesn't have that tint yet. The price is still a bit high but if you can manage to keep them alive you'll never regret the price.
i just bought 2 of them and they are great
My favorite freshwater fish! I was told they are difficult to keep, but i bought 5 of them a year and a half ago. They are doing and looking great, voracious eaters! Highly recommend.
Roseline Shark sounds better but yes i agree that these guys look awesome
I have had two of these guys for over a year now as a "feature" fish in my Asian planted tank. I was told they might be a bit shy at first but no such problems - they were swimming around and eating from day one. They share their tank with rasboras and cherry barbs and have never shown any problems. They seem to be very hardy and are a great fish as long as the tank is large enough.
I just got three of these last week. They are awesome little fish. Very active. They hang with my Cherry Barbs and Bloodfin Tetras all the time. Very fun to watch.
By far my favorite fish I've kept dozens of these fish in various set ups and they do great I've also been lucky enough to find wildcaught ones for 7.99 each
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These guys are one of my favs. But to all the posters who just got 2 or 3 - they do best in large groups, minimum 7!
I bought 2 and loved them so much! I went and got 4 more! They are so gorgeous and friendly! Sometimes they get confused and school with my rummy nose tetras! :D It is a beautiful thing to see all those red noses!
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IME they're sensitive to activity outside the tank. They will dart sparatically sometimes running into the glass or objects, even other fish if someone walks by their tank. If you have a very quiet place for them in your home, they'd be a delight! They appreciate plenty of current to swim against and enjoy rock tunnels, driftwood with branches and large leaved plants for their "playground". They nibble on Anachris leaves until nothings left but the stem. They also pick the substrate for anything edible. I feed mine 3 times a day and they look fantastic! They will easily outcompete slow moving fish at feeding time if your not careful to feed them on opsite sides of the tank.
I had 3 of these guys and they did awesome for the first six months till they started to mature then two of them ganged up on the third and killed him. The two are doing fine for now but we'll see, hopefully they'll be more peaceful now. Awesome color and very active, plus they don't bother any other fish at all. Great fish but probably ought to be kept in larger groups
Many plants...little time
Great fish, mine were very active. They seemed to play hide and seek all the time. The only suggestion I have is to keep them in a large tank...72" so they can really shine.
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This species is in danger. His habitat himself in India being quite small and in danger of disappearing.
Not quite endangered... Just threatened. That's the case for any fish species that has been introduced to the aquarium world. It's just not the aquarium trade that has put these fish on the threatened list - I've read once that these fish are considered a delicousy in India!! With that aside. These fishes are probably one of the most peaceful big fish species out there. I have them with Celestial Pearl Danios and they get along fine. Infact, they seem to bring out the best in my celestial pearl danios!
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