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Odessa Barbs (Pethia padamya) - 1-1/4" to 1-1/2"

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The picture is representative of what an older male looks like with proper care.


The appearance of the Odessa Barb is what draws in fishkeepers initially. For such a simple design and color scheme, they’re actually rather unique!

Along their side runs a slightly faded reddish-orange line. It starts near their eyes and continues all the way back past their caudal peduncle. There’s also a vertical black streak about one-third of the way back on their side, and another where their dorsal fin ends.  

The rest of the coloring on their body is a slightly metallic silver. They also have some small black dashed that run “with the grain” on their fins.

The combination of the silver and red (and the way they fade into each other) gives them a very interesting appearance. 

Size: The typical Odessa Barb size is around 3 inches in length when fully grown. This is within the normal range of barb species.

Care:  Odessa Barb care shouldn’t intimidate anyone. These fish are very beginner-friendly and don’t have any specific requirements that will pose a challenge.

All you need to do if you want these fish to thrive is stick to the basics and be consistent. It’s really that easy!