Distribution: Puntius vittatus, commonly known as Greenstripe Barb, is an Asian freshwater and brackish species found in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan; it is distributed in ponds, lakes, streams and often in rice fields.
PH: 6.0 – 6.5
Temperature: 20°C – 24C (68 – 75F)
Hardness: 8 – 15 dH
Description: Puntius vittatus can reach a maximum length of around 5 cm. This silver-coloured species generally has four black spots; the dorsal has a black streak and black tip with orange elements. This small-mouthed fish has no barbels but does have moderately large scales.
Diet: This species eats filamentous algae and blue-green algae in the wild. It will probably accept most foods in an aquarium environment.
Breeding: There is not a great deal of breeding information on Puntius vittatus. Like most members of its genus, it will appreciate a dimly-lit tank and spawning mops so the females can deposit their eggs effectively. It is probably a good idea to remove the adults as soon as you see the eggs in your tank.
Comments: You could probably house a small group of Kooli Barb in a 20 – 30 gallon tank. This species is found in both brackish and freshwater environments and strict attention should be paid to water conditions. There is not a lot of information available on Puntius vittatus and it is probably more suited to hobbyists with some experience under their belt.
Recommended Compatible Species: There is not a lot of information on the Kooli Barb, but you should house it with peaceful, similarly-sized species.
Originally posted 2010-01-24 19:35:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter