I am saving up for an Eclipse System 12 (and decor), and knowing I cant add my favorite barb (Tiger), I want to try to add a small shoal of Cherry Barbs. I read that they grow up to 2in, and I read that a shoal of 6 can live well in a 12. To me, that seems small, but I want to know.
How many Cherry Barbs should I add in a 12?
Best ratio of Males to females for that many?
I am planning out everything I want to add in the tank. I will make some DIY caves, maybe a background, and I will have a black gravel substrate with a small rock "pyramid" in a corner. I will also try to add live plants.
I know the Cherry Barbs would most likely breed, but since they are egg-layers, I would take the eggs out. Incase any fry does ever hatch, I have many people who want baby fish. I do water changes w/ gravel vac every week as well.
I am also keeping this as a specie-only tank if it could work.