Pethia ticto (Ticto Barb, Two spot barb)
A subtropical fish ideally suited to a coolwater aquarium containing hillstream loaches, minnows, coldwater gobies, sunfish, and other species that prefer low temperatures.
The Ticto barb requires strong filtration and lots of oxygen!
Both sexes have a pair of black spots on the flanks, one behind the gills and the other close to the base of the tail. Males also have a bright red band running from the eye onto the tail fin.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
A sturdy, peaceful barb that is easy to keep provided it is kept in a tank maintained at subtropical temperatures. During summer, the aquarium need not be heated at all.
They will thrive off regular meals consisting of small live and frozen foods such as bloodworm, Daphnia and Artemia. This can be given alongside good quality dried flakes and granules.
They are not often bred in captivity and are are egg-layers that prefer to spawn among a course gravel bed. After laying roughly 150 eggs, they will usually eat any of the eggs that they find. For this reason it is best to separate the eggs from the adults. Eggs will hatch after around a day and after another day will be free swimming.
|Distribution||India, Sri Lanka|
Useful sources of information:
For a well illustrated and detailed reference guide on this and many other fish, consider the Baensch Aquarium Atlases. Volume 1 contains all the common species, and later volumes cover more unusual species. You can buy these books here.