Carper123 Carper123
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  • Posted on: 6/8/2019 11:08
Odessa Bard #1
Hi all,

I'm new to the forum, and its a pleasure to meet you all.

I'm a fairly experienced fish keeper, but I do occasionally run in to the odd question that i'd like to know the answer to, so it's not a matter of urgency but just for my own personal knowledge.

Okay, so I bought 3 Odessa Bard yesterday, but the male (brightly coloured) persistently chases the other females (dull coloured), is this something to worry about, or is it just their way of establishing hierarchy and will subside in a few days?

If not, please explain what I should be doing to ease the harassment.

Many thanks, and I look forward to getting to know you all,

Fishlady Fishlady
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  • Posted on: 6/8/2019 15:44
Re: Odessa Bard #2

Odessa barbs do better in larger groups so any harassment is spread out over more individuals. If your tank size permits, I would look to have 12 or so. Also, what temperature is the tank at? Odessa barbs are a temperate species and if the water is too warm it can incite breeding behaviour in males.