Cherry Barbs are brightly colored fish and one of the most popular in their family. Their bright colors and schooling nature are adored by aquarists of all levels.
They are hardy fish which makes these fish perfect for experts or beginners. However, if you are just starting out, take a look at the process at which to set up your tank and the time needed.
This fish will fit nicely into planted tanks as they will use the plants to hide when threatened, especially in the female’s case as males tend to harass females during breeding.
Cherry Barbs are a great addition to the peaceful community aquarium. Although they are not a tightly shoaling species, they are best kept in groups of 6 or more, and mixed sex groups will help to bring out the males’ intense red colouration. They will appreciate a good amount of plant cover and gentle water circulation. Sadly, in the wild, many populations of this species have diminished due to deforestation, pollution and over-fishing, placing this species on the IUCN red list. All specimens offered for sale in the trade are now captive-bred in order to take the pressure off of these wild stocks.
Offer a good quality flake, green flake, micropellets, and small frozen foods such as daphnia, mosquito larvae and brineshrimp.
A well-conditioned pair should be added to a separate breeding tank that has been set up with softwater and plenty of fine-leaved plants such as Cabomba. The male will wrap his body around the females and will fertilise the eggs as she releases 3 or 4 at a time onto the fine-leaved plants. Up to 200 eggs are deposited over the course of an hour or so, and it can be useful to have clumps of Java moss on the substrate in order to catch any eggs that miss or fall from the fine-leaved plants. The parent fish should be removed once spawning has ceased as they will consume the eggs if they find them. After 24-48 hours, the eggs will hatch, and after a further 48 hours will become free-swimming.