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Ticto Barb

posted: 05/15/12
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Ticto Barb
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The Ticto Barb, also known as the Two Spot Barb, or Tic-Tac-Toe Barb is golden/silver with a black spot just before the pectoral fin, and a second spot back towards the tail.

It prefers a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Ticto Barb is a schooling fish and enjoys being in numbers. If in a large enough school, they typically will not bother any other fish in the aquarium.

It is best, when trying to breed the Ticto Barb, to house two females with one male. Provide a coarse gravel in the breeding tank and after the eggs have been laid, remove the parents. The fry will hatch in approximately 3 days, at which time, they should be fed baby brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Ticto Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Ideal tank mates include: Barbs, Gouramis, Swordtails, Mollies, South American Dwarf Cichlids (such as Rams and Apistogrammas), Sharks, Rainbowfish, Plecos, Catfish and Loaches.

Fish Facts

Name: Ticto Barb (Puntius ticto or Barbus stoliczkanus)

Family: Cyprinidae

Range: India, Sri Lanka, Himalayas

Size: Up to 4 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Rocks, plants, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 74-79°F; pH 6.0-7.0; dH 4-10

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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