Golden Shark (Leptobarbus hoevenii)
Golden Shark or Leptobarbus hoevenii, commonly known as the Denison Barb or Red Line Torpedo Barb, is a popular freshwater fish species native to the Western Ghats region of southern India. Here are some key features and information about the Denison Barb:
- Appearance: Denison Barbs are known for their striking and distinctive appearance. They have a torpedo-shaped body with a silver base color and a vibrant red stripe running horizontally along their sides, extending from the snout to the base of the tail. They also have a black spot at the base of the tail fin. The fins are typically clear or slightly red-tinted.
- Size: Denison Barbs can reach a length of up to 6 inches (15 cm) when fully grown. Juvenile specimens usually have a more elongated and slender body shape compared to adult individuals.
- Behavior: Denison Barbs are active and fast-swimming fish. They are generally peaceful but can be somewhat fin-nippy, especially towards slow-moving or long-finned tankmates. It’s important to keep them in a suitably sized aquarium with appropriate tank mates to minimize aggression.
- Aquarium Requirements: Denison Barbs require a spacious aquarium with plenty of swimming space. They are schooling fish and should ideally be kept in groups of six or more individuals to ensure their well-being and reduce stress. A tank size of 55 gallons or more is recommended. They appreciate the presence of plants, rocks, and driftwood in the aquarium, which can provide hiding spots and create a natural environment. The water temperature should be maintained between 72°F and 79°F (22°C and 26°C), with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5.
- Compatibility: Denison Barbs can be kept with other active and fast-swimming fish species that can tolerate their active nature. Avoid keeping them with slow-moving or long-finned fish, as they may become targets of fin-nipping. Good tankmates include other barb species, danios, rasboras, and other similar-sized fish that are not overly delicate or prone to aggression.
- Diet: Denison Barbs are omnivorous and have a relatively adaptable diet. They will accept high-quality flake or pellet foods, as well as live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. Offering a varied diet will help ensure their nutritional needs are met.
The Denison Barb is a visually striking and active fish that can make a captivating addition to a well-maintained aquarium. Proper care, suitable tank mates, and a well-balanced diet are essential for their health and overall well-being.
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