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frogman6 05-09-2007 07:23 PM

cherry barbs
 
does anyone know if cherry barbs can live in a 10 gallon tank

miagrrl 05-09-2007 08:12 PM

cherry barbs like to be in smaller groups of their kind, so if you didn't pile a lot of other fish into the 10 gallon, they'de be just fine. really most small fish are ok in a 10 gallon, so long as the load isn't too great- don't test the limits of your biological filter. they are really peaceful, i had some for years growing up. nice little fish!

Lt.Dan 05-09-2007 09:56 PM

My friend has cherry barbs, he has four (two male two female) in a five gallon tank, they dont fight or nip, so im sure ten gallons would be great.

Mirta 05-16-2007 01:26 PM

I just love cherries! I am new to them but have been enjoying having them. They live in a big tank though, but I am sure they will be alright in a 10 gal.

tophat665 05-16-2007 05:34 PM

You can put a couple of cherry barbs in a 5 or a 10 gallon tank, but they won't be happy. Particularly if there's more than one male. I have 2 males and 6 females in a 55, and it's amazing how one male will chase the other at a sprint the entire length of the tank at high speed and then get chased back when he enters he other's territory. Just for swimming space, I'd make sure the tank were 30 inches or more on the long dimension - a 20 long is the minimum I would use for a happy cherry barb.

Also, remember, cherry barbs don't school. They enjoy having other cherry barbs in the tank, but they don't need them, so you can put just one in a tank. Of course, with no conspecifics to chase around and not a lot of swimming room, you could end up with a case of fatbastarditis.

leifthebunny 05-17-2007 07:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tophat665
Also, remember, cherry barbs don't school. They enjoy having other cherry barbs in the tank, but they don't need them, so you can put just one in a tank.

I've always found mine were loose schooling. When I do water changes, they school more and when things are calm, they break out into little groups or try to school with my tetras.

Cherry barbs are fun to watch though. Mine have a 90g to play around in though and they are pretty lively fish.

cjz722c 07-02-2007 03:43 PM

tophat665 wrote:
Also, remember, cherry barbs don't school. They enjoy having other cherry barbs in the tank, but they don't need them, so you can put just one in a tank.

This isn't true^^^^ Cherry Barbs need to have company but they don't school together as cardinal and neon tetras do.


I currently have a 10 gallon tank with cherry barbs. I love these guys. I don't know why. You can surely keep them in a 10 gallon tank. You could probably have 10-12 in a species tank but maybe even more if your really keep the tank clean.


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