Fish, Tanks and Ponds

Fish, Tanks and Ponds
A comprehensive guide to fish

Barilius dogarsinghi

Manipur Baril

Manipur Baril, Barilius dogarsinghiManipur Baril, Barilius dogarsinghi
Photos by Andy Rapson

General Notes:

This fish isn't often seen for sale but it does crop up once in a while. Barilius are lively fish much like danios but larger. Ideally their aquarium should be set up to look like a river bottom with sand, gravel and stones of varying size. There should be good water movement which will raise the dissolved oxygen level which is important to these fish. As mentioned barilius are very lively and a little quarrelsome among themselves but are generally well behaved with the right tank mates which should be fairly robust and to big to be regarded as food. Barilius are capable of eating very small tetras and they probably would do if given a chance. Don't add these fish to a general community tank if quiet, shy or timid fish are in there because barilius will not allow them to compete for food ect and their general behaviour will intimidate them.


Barilius will accept everything offered, they are bold aggressive feeders. Use small pellets, flake and supplement this with lots of live or frozen food such as blood worms, mosquito larva, daphnia, cyclops and adult brine shrimps.


Males are smaller but with more vibrant colours. Males in breeding condition develop tubercles on their gill covers and along their sides.


Breeding has occurred in captivity but details are scarce.

Wild status

Wild populations of Barilius dogarsinghi are vulnerable. The species isn't common anywhere across its range and its habitat is under threat from degradation caused by damming and logging.

Information at a glance

pH: 6.5 - 7.2
dGH: 4 - 12
Temperature: 18 - 24°C (65 - 77°F)
Diet: Omnivore
Size: 8.5cm (3.5in)
Min tank size: 100 litres
Difficulty level: intermediate
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: All levels

Distribution and habitat

distribution map for Manipur Baril, Barilius dogarsinghi

Origin: Asia: Manipur, India.

Habitat: Occurs in well oxygenated hill streams with sandy and gravelly bottom.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Barilius
Species: B. dogarsinghi

Common name:
Manipur baril

Synonyms: None