11-04-2013, 11:07 PM
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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.