Animal Stories - Cherry Barb


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Keeping a few Cherry Barbs in full color will create a dazzling color show in any aquarium!
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
my male looks staved even after being fed blood worms, he is eating fine has no ripped fins no symptoms of being sick and acts fine? anyone know whats wrong? hes been like this for about 5 months

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-12
    What else do you feed the fish?  How often?
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
    2 blocks of blood worms per day it is with a whole bunch of guppies and some more cherry barbs
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-13
    I would try adding some High quality flake food to their diet.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-05-13
    i feed em some fish eggs, flake and pellets to
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Gilly - 2009-06-01
I would really like to start an aquarium with 3 or 4 cherry barbs but am looking for something else to put with them - I'd like a nice blue or yellow/orange fish of no more than 5cms size if there are any that would live happily with them. Can anyone recommend anything?

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  • fish boy - 2011-02-18
    Dwarf Gouramis or gold barbs would be a good choice. Also platies.
  • kye turnbull - 2013-03-25
    Even though it's not yellow, blue, or orange, the kissing gourami is a very nice peaceful fish.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-26
    mixing other barbs is always a nice look and there are many variations.
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patrick - 2011-07-16
Can you use fake foliage in the aquarium or do I need to use real plants with these?

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  • David Brough - 2011-07-17
    You can use whatever you like. Plastic plants work great!
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Steeport - 2011-12-10
i have 3 zebra dinos and 3 lepored dinos will i be ok to put some cherry barbs in with them

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-12-10
    Zebra Danios, Leopard Danios, and Cherry Barbs, are all fish that get along with each other well! So, depending on what size aquarium you have, they would advisable tankmates. Additionally, make sure you place the Cherry Barbs, in a school of at least 5.
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Holly - 2009-05-07
Hi! I've got two cherry barbs- one female, one male. I might get more cherry barbs. Will this interfear with the two I have already as they breed? Also, I've noticed that they are sometimes eating off the algae. Is this normal, as in most fish books it only mentions that they eat flake, pellet, live food etc.

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  • fish boy - 2011-03-11
    They might interfere, but probably not, since they are the same species of fish. All fish will browse on algae sometimes.
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Kathy Zadori - 2008-07-17
I am wondering if Cherry Barbs are compatible with dwarf Platies and Neon Tetras.

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  • Joshua - 2010-11-01
    Yes, they aren't aggressive fish. They don't nip or anything like that.
  • fish boy - 2011-02-18
    Yes, absolutely. I have three of them mixed with 2 neons and 4 platies. They get along great.
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ROSIE - 2007-10-09
I adore my cherry barbs. I started out with 10 hoping to have a nice school of them. However, most didn't survive and I'm still not sure why really. I think it was some kind of sensitivity to some medication.

Currently down to a pair, a beautiful red male and a fat'n'sassy female. They take good care of each other and spend alot of time doing their own thing too. They're not shy now that they have been established for about six months. ^^

They share their space with four otocinclus catfish, a Neon tetra, and six newly added Serpae tetras. The Serpae took a liking to them, in fact and I think it helped make their introduction to my tank much smoother. I believe it is because of the similar coloration (red with black), but it is just an observation.

To anyone thinking of getting Cherry barbs I highly recommend them! They are fun, beautiful, peaceful and interesting fish. ^^

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tom - 2007-10-03
I have a 10 gallon tank and a 20 gallon. in my 10 i have 2 and they have been living perfectly for the last 5 years.

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alex .e - 2006-02-11
hi, i have a lot-well i say alot, probably about 20 little fish and i have had my cherry barbs for a while now -i only chose 5- and one female has got pregnant so i came on to this site looking for their breeding strategy and now i know what to look out for so thankyou very much for being so informative. i also had a glance at the information on owning them and i found out that without requiring any informatio that i have looked after them incredibly well. so thanks again for providing such valuable information.

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Nicole S. - 2005-12-06
I have a male and female cherry barb. They are amiable to each other, but don't appear to be really interested in mating at this time. The male is a very bright red whereas the female looks more brownish-red. The male especially likes to eat off of the driftwood in the tank. They really like frozen brine shrimp.

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