Rosy Bitterling Fish

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Description of the Rosy Bitterling Fish

The Rosy Bitterling is also known as the Rose Bitterling or Rose Fish. It gets the name 'Rosy' from the color that the males change to during the spawning season. The Bitterling is a very shy shoaling fish that should ideally be placed in groups of at least six, the tank should also have lots of hiding places.

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Rosy Bitterling Fish

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Popular Name: Rosy Bitterling
Species: Rhodeus ocellatus

Profile of the Rosy Bitterling Fish
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Rosy Bitterling species.

  • Size: Up to 5cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 7.0 to 7.5. Temp 18 to 24 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Frozen or Flaked Food, Bloodworms, Daphnia

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Asia: Japan, China, Taiwan

Scientific Classification of the Rosy Bitterling Fish
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Rhodeus ocellatus

  • Popular Name: Rosy Bitterling - Rose Bitterling - Rose Fish - Rosie Barbs - Rosie Tetras

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family:Cyprinidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Rosy Bitterling?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Rosy Bitterling Fish slimy?
Rosy Bitterling secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Rosy Bitterling to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why do Rosy Bitterling Fish have gills?
Gills enable the Rosy Bitterling to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Rosy Bitterling Fish have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Rosy Bitterling has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Rosy Bitterling has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Rosy Bitterling has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Rosy Bitterling has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Rosy Bitterling

Rosy Bitterling Fish

  • Interesting Information about Rosy Bitterling Fish

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Rosy Bitterling Fish slimy?

  • Why do the Rosy Bitterling Fish have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Rosy Bitterling Fish have fins?

  • Species: Rhodeus ocellatus

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