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post #1 of 4 Old 10-11-2013, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Cherry Barb

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Can anyone give me information on these guys? I am looking into getting them to go in my new tank i will be setting up. They will be in with guppies and other fish. Can you also tell me where i can buy them online? My local pet store doesnt have a good variety of tropical fish.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-11-2013, 07:54 PM
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Aquabid is a good place to look for fish. Cherry barbs are very common so you shouldn't have any trouble finding them at a reasonable price.

They are a great fish to keep - very entertaining to watch. I suggested a large school because they do best that way. The only time people run into issues with them is when they only keep a few. I would keep an equal ratio of males to females, but in a large group that's not as important. In a small group, with too few males, the dominant one can bully the subordinate. Too few females, and the males can harass them to no end.

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125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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I had five Mountain Cloud Minnows (or so I thought) until I realized one looked a bit different from the others. Also had whiskers! I posted a pic, and come to find out it was a Cherry barb! A female--very obvious as it was a good size and not the degree of red (more of a cocoa brown/tan/black) that the males are. Well, I knew she was lonely, as she tried to "buddy up" with the minnows, who wanted nothing to do with her. So I found her a male. As soon as he went into the tank after his quarantine, she KNEW he was her kind! lol. She followed him everywhere, and now they are inseparable. I cant get more, as my tank would be close to overstocked if I did. I'd always thought small fish were skittish, but these guys are more personable than any small fish I've had. I mean, you can't pet them like I can my female bettas (but what fish is more personable than a female betta?) but they don't scurry for cover when I get close to the glass to watch them. They sometimes even come right up to the glass to visit with me. I highly recommend them, and am glad I got the one by mistake, otherwise I never would have had the opportunity to enjoy their personalities. My two love the tiki hut that I have, and spend a lot of time in there when they aren't swimming around, exploring.

10 gallon- 8 Harlequin Rasboras, 1 female betta.

20 gallonH - 1 Peacock Gudgeon, 2 Skunk Cories, 1 Sparkling Gourami. , one male betta, 2 nerite snails.

55 gallon - 3 Turquoise Rainbows, 1 Boesemani Rainbow, 2 Australian Rainbow, 4 Gold Dust mollies, 1 L. Dorsigera, 2 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 1 Honey Gourami, 3 Cherry barb, 1 Koi Angelfish, 4 female betta.
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-04-2013, 11:11 PM
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Just wait till you get the opportunity to keep a school of 10+

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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