03-28-2011, 09:18 PM
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cherry barbs : male or female?
i have 6 cherry barbs in my 55 gallon tank, and was thinking of increasing that number to 10. all 6 of my cherry barbs are red. a few are a deeper red than others. i've read that the way to tell them apart is that males are a deeper red, and females are a dull reddish brown. so all my cherry barbs are red, does that mean they're all males? because none of them are as drastically different as the ones in this pic from wikipedia.....
so i guess my question is, are all females brown like the top one, or can some females still appear reddish, but just not super red? i was thinking about increasing my number of cherry barbs, and was thiniking of having 2 brown ones, and 8 red ones, but then i also read that's almost the opposite ratio of female to male ratio that a person would want. i have a few pics of some of my cherry barbs in my Aquarium pics, maybe someone can tell by looking at those if some of them are females, or they're all males.