Cherry Barbs are one of the more mild-mannered Barbs often chosen for community tanks. The male
is a deep red color, especially when breeding, so the purchase of females to inspire breeding
behaviour is recommended for maximum vibrancy. The female coloring is much less intense but still
attractive with its subtle red accents. Both sport a dark horizontal line along the length, which is
continued through the eye.
Cherry Barbs are egg spawners, preferring fine-leaved plants as a spawning site. They and the other
tank occupants will eat the eggs, so removal is crucial if fry are desired. They are easy to breed in
captivity and will spawn frequently, producing upwards of 300 eggs at a time. Although reasonably
common in the hobby, they are seriously endangered in the wild. Pacific Aquatics prides itself on its
awareness of these issues and purchases captive-bred Cherry Barbs for resale.
This tough little Barb is an awesome beginner fish. Although not inclined to schooling behaviour,
Cherry Barbs do appreciate the company of their own kind and the displays are well worth the purchase
of 6 or more of these inexpensive fish.
These lively Barbs are easy to care for, requiring only very clean conditions, good filtration / water
movement and a proper diet. They benefit from both protein and vegetation in their diet. Pealed,
quartered peas, cooked slightly to soften, is a favorite vegetable. High quality flake, freeze-dried, fresh
and frozen foods are all eagerly devoured and contribute to a healthy diet. They do appreciate slightly
acidic water. You will find many books available, which will provide you with more detailed information
and guidelines should you require them.