The Cherry Barb
This stunning little fish is often over looked because it belongs to the Barb family – and Barbs have a reputation for being fin nippers. This is very true of the Tiger Barb but most of the rest of the family make good community fish.
The Cherry Barb is a superb example of why this Barb should be included in any community aquarium.
It is a very colourful red fish with the male being much brighter red than the female, she is much more of an orange colour the photo shows the difference.
The male is a showy chap with his fins extended whenever a female is present, and he will spend all day trying to attract a mate.
Five or more make a good shoal but the more the better.
Cherry Barbs will eat almost any type of food; dry flakes, live foods like daphnia or blood worm and frozen foods of the same.
An easy to care for fish which makes no demands on water conditions – but it does require a mature aquarium that has had fish in for more than three weeks.
So why not include some in your aquarium?