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Odessa Barb

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Odessa Barbs

The hardy Odessa barb is a species of cyprinid fish known from Central Myanmar where it is known to occur in an artificial pond above the Anisakan Falls and also from the lower Chindwin River.

This fish is also known as the fish species "Odessa barb" because it was said to have first appeared in pet enthusiast’s circles in Odessa, Ukraine in the early 1970s.

Odessa barbs will thrive in planted tanks.

Please be aware that the image is for illustration purposes only. We are unable to guarantee the size, colour, sex or age of the fishes you are purchasing. If you have any questions regarding livestock please contact us. To minimise stress we are unable to hand pick specific fish. Lifespan is an estimate based on optimum conditions.

Approx. size: 2.5cm
Maximum size: 5cm

Origin: Southeast Asia
Ideal number kept together: 5+
Ideal aquarium size: 30cm / 50L+

If you need to calculate the maximum stocking capacity of your pond or aquarium click here.

Water conditions
pH: 6.0-7.5
Hardness: 5-25°H
Temperature: 22–28 °C

Ease of care
Easy. This tropical fish is great for hobbyist at all levels however they do need good soft water conditions.

Omnivorous. The main food we recommend would be tropical flake. Occasional live bloodworm or frozen food can be given as a treat.

Community of similar size.
To view the Compatibility Advisory Chart please select the Additional Tab above.

Egg layers. Intermediate. A dedicated tank with dim lighting will be required along with specific sterile water conditions.

Life Span
They can live to anything up to 5 years in perfect conditions.


Placing your Order Please check the Availability (above the price) for estimated despatch timescale. Once your order is placed we will contact you to complete a welfare check and arrange a delivery date. Delivery will not occur until welfare checks are complete. Delivery of live fish can only take place on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday via APC Courier. Please ensure you supply a valid contact number and email address upon checkout to avoid delay.

Please note we are unable to deliver live fish overseas or to unservicable postcodes that may effect welfare in transit. This includes but not limited to the following areas: Dublin and Eire, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Channel Islands, Scottish Isles and Highlands, certain Scottish Borders areas. Postcodes: AB30-38, BT, DD8+, DG, FK17+, GY, HS, IV, JE, KA27-28, KE, PA20+, PH16, PH30+, PO30, TD, ZE. Please contact us if unsure about delivery. See Shipping Information tab for full terms.