12-14-2010, 12:45 AM
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I just started keeping cherry barbs a month ago, but have kept fish for years. I don't have a plec, but they don't bother my cardinal tetras(7) or rasbora(13). I have a 45 gallon planted, and i keep 8 cherry barbs(2 male and 6 female). My LfS said they are a harem fish, and are best kept in groups of at least this size. There is a dwarf gourami in there also and the barbs don't bother him or my amano shrimp(8). They swim mostly at the bottom/top, but they do school a little with my rasbora, and are very greedy eaters. The males spend a lot of time at the bottom around my driftwood, and the females seem split between the two males when the males are on opposite sides of the tank. I haven't seen any fin nipping in my setup, but i'm not an expert either. Great fish IMO.
How do your rams act in your setup? I'm interested in adding some to my tank, they are beautiful fish.