Black Ruby Barb

Black Ruby Barb

By Gary Bolton

Black Ruby Barb

Family: Cyprinidae

Species: Barbus nigrofasciatus

Size: 6cm (2 half inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Middle and lower

Habitat: Streams in Sri Lanka

Remarks: This fish spawns easily but is prone to White Spot Disease.

Comments: This barb has a stocky body with a high back and deep belly. The basic colour is a pale golden yellow with some iridescences. Three broad, black vertical bars cross the body, rather faintly on this juvenile specimen. A short, often indistinct, black bar lies between the eyes, and a thin, dark line marks the rear edge of the caudal peduncle. In breeding males, the whole body becomes suffused with a sooty, deep red-pink, and the head turns deep red-purple to black.


This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place!

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