The Odessa Barb is a small, highly colorful fish found almost exclusively in Myanmar, Southeast Asia. This species ranks highly among aquarists due to its beautiful color pattern and peaceful yet active lifestyle. With this species ranging from three to five inches in length, they make an ideal addition to any freshwater tropical fish tank.
What makes this species so unique and sought-after by the aquarist community is its brilliant array of colors and patterns. Males are generally larger and have more bright colors, ranging from an orange to a red midsection with a blue or silver lining on the top and bottom. This combination of colors creates an almost translucent quality that people love.
Odessa Barbs are a peaceful yet lively species of fish. Due to this nature, they make for excellent tankmates with other tropical freshwater fish of a similar size and temperament. However, experts do not recommend putting them in tanks with more lazy fish species as the energetic nature of the Odessa Barb may irritate and disrupt these species.
The Odessa Barb, when put in a tank of similar fish species, thrives. Aquarium enthusiasts love their energetic behavior and beautiful colors. For tankmates, experts recommend species such as the Bristlenose Pleco, Cherry Barb, Neon Tetra, Chili Rasbora, Harlequin Rasbora, Ember Tetra, Bolivian Ram Cichlid, and Apistogramma.
The Odessa Barb species are omnivorous in their natural habitat, feasting on a diet of plant matter, small insects, krill, and other small invertebrates. Due to their varied diet, aquarists must mimic their natural diet as closely as possible to keep them energetic, healthy, and full of bright colors. Malnourished members of this species become listless and lose their color.
While this species will eat processed fish food such as pellets and flakes, experts stress the importance of giving them a well-rounded diet. This means alternating their pellets and flakes with live food such as blood worms, white worms, and brine shrimp. Adding these elements to their diet gives this species the protein to maintain their energy levels and beautiful color.
Do Odessa Barbs nip fins?
Members of the barb family do tend to nip fins of certain fish species. Particularly those slow-moving, long-finned species. However, if kept in shoals, this behavior is generally at a minimum.
Do Odessa Barbs require a strong current?
This species finds its natural habitat in the slow-moving waters of Southeast Asia and prefers waters with a slower current.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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