Have a ‘Miss Kerala’ in your fish tank for a visual treat
‘Miss Kerala’ is not only the title of a beauty pageant, but also a pretty ornamental fish much popular in the market. Miss Kerala is also known as Denison barb, red-line torpedo barb and roseline shark. Its scientific name is Sahyadria denisonii. The fish is featured with red and black stripes on its body.
Breeding and feeding
Miss Kerala fish eggs hatch within 30 hours. A female fish weighing 2 grams lays about 200-500 eggs in an average.
The fishlings will get the food for next two days from the egg yolk.
From the third day, the fishlings start eating micro planktons. In this stage, they can be fed with infusoria and spirulina.
After five days, micro worms and newly hatched artemia can be given as feed.
After 10 days, it is ideal to feed the fishlings with microencapsulated feed for better growth.
When the fishlings are four weeks old, artificial feed with a size of more than 100 microns can be provided.
In addition to this, artemia and tubifex worms can be given up to 5 percent of their weight at regular intervals.
After 10 weeks, fishlings can be served with artificial feed and egg custard.
When the fish turn 16-18 weeks old, red lines begin to appear on their body.
The quality of the water is very important for proper maintenance.
Water pH value has to be maintained between 6.5 and 7.5.
Oxygen content in the water should not drop below 4 ppm.
Fish tank should be cleaned regularly by removing food leftovers and excreta using a siphon.
(Source of info: Farm Information Bureau)