Ticto Barb

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Puntius ticto - (Hamilton, 1822)
Ticto Barb

Also known as the Twospot Barb. JJPhoto.dk


Like the similar Odessa Barb, this is a smaller barb and one with a relatively peaceful disposition. Although wild-caught specimens tend to be drab, captive-bred fish have been selected for their glittering beauty over many generations.

It must be kept in groups of three to five or more; single specimens may hide excessively and fail to thrive.

Its range extends into subtropical areas and it is able to withstand cooler, unheated aquarium conditions.

Family: Cyprinidae

Other common name(s):

  • Twospot Barb
  • Tic-Tac-Toe Barb

Native range:

Habitat: Like most of the other barbs, the Gold Barb does best in a long aquarium, well-planted on the sides and back with plenty of open room in the center for swimming. Because they may root around in the substrate, use only fine-grade or rounded gravel.

Maximum length: 10 cm (4 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Freshwater 14 °C (57 °F) - 22 °C (72 °F)

General swimming level: Midwater.


The Ticto Barb is a hearty eater that will accept just about any aquarium fare, including flake and freeze-dried foods. It feeds on insects and crustaceans in the wild, but some vegetable matter is a must, so include Spirulina-based foods as well. Occasional treats of frozen or live foods, including enriched adult brine shrimp, are also appreciated.

Aquarium Compatibility

The Ticto Barb is a typical Barb—an active schooling species that is best kept in groups of at least three to five or more. It is a great fish for a community setting with other peaceful and active species.


Most Puntius species are are known for their readiness to spawn. Adhesive eggs are scattered among plants. Eggs will be eaten if not removed. Fry hatch in about one day and will eat finely powered fry rations and quickly graduate to newly hatched brine shrimp.

Reference: PocketExpert Guide Freshwater Fishes
Image credit: JJ
Text credit: JL