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Cherry Barb
The Cherry Barb is a good choice for beginners.  It comes from Sri Lanka.  It is much more peaceful, slower and smaller than other barbs.  As it matures, it develops its cherry color.  Males turn a bright fire red when ready to breed. Cherry Barbs don't school, so keeping a pair is fine, although they will enjoy the company of their own kind.  They eat standard flake foods and freeze dried blood worms.

Cherry BarbFor breeding, a separate tank should be used.  Separating the male and female before breeding can help.  Cherry Barbs will spread hundreds of eggs on finely leaved plants, such as Cabomba.  After spawning, the parents should be removed.  The fry will hatch in a few days and they are very tiny.  Brine shrimp is best for feeding the fry, although finely crushed flakes may work.

(Puntius titteya)
Cherry Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2"
Color Form: Black, Red, Silver
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra
Family: Cyprinidae

The Cherry Barb is a more slender fish when compared to the other Barbs. The main body is silver/black with a golden, horizontal stripe following the lateral line. During spawning, the male will turn bright cherry red, which explains the given name.

They prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Cherry Barb is a very timid fish that should be housed with fish of the same temperament.

It is best, when trying to breed the Cherry Barb, to house a number of Barbs in the same aquarium until they pair off. After a pair has developed, the female will lay the eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. The fry will be free-swimming after about 5 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Cherry Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

 Scientific Name:   Puntius titteya
 Family:   Cyprinid
 Temperature:   23 - 27 C; 73 - 81 F
 pH   6.0 - 8.0
 Size:    5 cm; 2 inches
 Life Span:    5 - 7 years
 Breeding:    Normal, Egg Layer

 

Albino Cherry Barb

(Puntius titteya)
Albino Cherry Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2"
Color Form: Cream, Pink
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Tank Raised, USA
Family: Cyprinidae

The Albino Cherry Barb is a more slender fish when compared to the other Barbs. The coloration of this fish is cream to pink in color, and has pink eyes. Unlike some of the other barbs, this is a peaceful fish that is a welcome addition to any community aquarium.

Compatibility:

Barbs (especially the Checkered Barb), Chinese Algae Eater, Clown Loaches, Danios, Gouramis, Mollies, Platies, Plecostomus, one Red Tailed Shark, Rainbow Shark, Silver Dollar, Swordtails
Red Tail Tinfoil Barb
The Tinfoil Barb originates from southeast Asia.  It is known by the scientific names Barbus schwanefeldi, Barbonymus schwanenfeldii and Puntius schwanenfeldii.  The Tinfoil Barb has silver plated scales, producing color variations reminiscent of tinfoil.  The dorsal fin is often red with a black tip.  Other fins are often red as well.  The forking of the tail fin increases their speed.  The Tinfoil needs a tank of at least 50 gallons because of its size.  The tank can be decorated, but mature Tinfoils don’t require any plant cover.  They do enjoy eating plants, though. Tinfoils are mild tempered and do not match the aggressive profile of most barbs.  They are an excellent community fish, but they will eat smaller fish.  Their speed allows them to avoid aggressive tank mates and their skittish qualities can lead them to jump out of the tank.  Tinfoils are a schooling fish and should be kept in groups of 6 or more.  They eat flake foods, pellets, tubifex, vegetable matter, brine shrimp and small fish.

There is no distinction between males and females and Tinfoils are not bred in captivity.

Tinfoils are often suggested as a dither fish used to reduce aggression among cichlids.  Their speed continually brings them near cichlids, who chase them away.  The cichlids concentrate on the Tinfoils and stop fighting among themselves.  Consideration should be given to the plight of the Tinfoil in this situation, as it may be a very unpleasant life style for them.

 Scientific Name:   Barbus schwanefeldi
 Family:   Cyprinid
 Temperature:   22 - 25 C; 72 - 77 F
 pH   6.5 - 7.0
 Size:    35 cm; 14 inches
 Life Span:    8 years
 Breeding:    Difficult, Egg Layer

Compatibility:

Bala Shark, Barbs, Clown Loaches, Danios, larger Gouramis, Oscars, Plecos, Rainbows, Rainbow Sharks, Silver Dollars

Dither fish for New World cichlids.

Rosy Barb
The Rosy Barb is a good choice for beginners as it is very hardy.  It comes from India.  It is known by the scientific names Puntius conchonius and Barbus conchonius.  Males are a deep red when ready to breed, while females have a yellow base to their color.  A small dark patch is apparent just before the tail fin.  Breeders have also developed a  Long Fin Rosy Barb and a Neon Rosy Barb.  Rosy Barbs are active swimmers and need open space.  They will also dig in gravel.  They are a schooling fish and should be kept in groups of 4 - 6 or more to reduce aggression.  They eat standard flake foods, freeze dried blood worms and occasional live brine shrimp.  Cooler temperatures and a quality diet can improve their colors.

For breeding, a separate tank should be used and make sure it doesn't have a filter that will siphon up the fry.  Separating the male and female before breeding can help.  Soft water is preferred.  Rosy Barbs will spread hundreds of clear eggs on finely leaved plants, such as Cabomba.  After spawning, the parents should be removed.  The fry will hatch in a few days and they are very tiny.  Brine shrimp is best for feeding the fry, although finely crushed flakes may work.

(Puntius conchonius)
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Rosy Barb, Male
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 6"
Color Form: Gold, Red
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Farm Raised, USA
Family: Cyprinidae

The Rosy Barb is one of the larger Barbs that can grow up to 6 inches in the wild. The male is red and gold with black spots near the rear and at the dorsal fin. The female lacks the red color and is mostly golden.

They prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Rosy Barb is a schooling fish and enjoys being in numbers. If in a large enough school, they typically will not bother any other fish in the aquarium.

It is best, when trying to breed the Rosy Barb, to house two females with one male. Provide a coarse gravel in the breeding tank and after the eggs have been laid, remove the parents. The fry will hatch in approximately 3 days, at which time, they should be fed baby brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Rosy Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

 Scientific Name:   Barbus conchonius
 Family:   Cyprinid
 Temperature:   18 - 23 C; 64 - 74 F
 pH   6.0 - 8.0
 Size:    11 cm; 4 inches
 Life Span:    5 - 7 years
 Breeding:    Normal, Egg Layer

Compatibility:

Barbs, Chinese Algae Eater, Clown Loaches, Danios, Gouramis, Mollies, Platies, one Red Tailed Shark, Rainbow Shark, Silver Dollar, Swordtails
Tiger Barb
Green Tiger Barb
Gold Tiger Barb
Tiger Barbs originally come from Indonesia.  They are known by the scientific names Barbus tetrazona, Puntius tetrazona and Capoeta tetrazona.  Tiger Barbs are easy to keep and very active.  They are also found in a Green and a Gold variety.  Tiger Barbs like to swim in groups, so 8 or more are recommended for a tank.  They prefer bushy plants and lots of open swimming area.  Tiger Barbs are fin nippers, so don't mix them with slow moving fish such as many of the tetra group, guppies or bettas.  They eat standard flake foods and freeze dried blood worms.

Females can be recognized by the heavier bodies when laden with eggs.  Males tend to have red on their fin tips.  For breeding, a separate tank should be used.  Temperatures should be near 80.  Separating the male and female before breeding will help.  Tiger Barbs will spread adhesive eggs all over the aquarium.  After spawning, the parents should be removed.  The fry will hatch in a few days.  Brine shrimp is best for feeding the fry, although finely crushed flakes will work.

 Scientific Name:   Barbus tetrazona
 Family:   Cyprinid
 Temperature:   20 - 29 C; 68 - 85 F
 pH   6.0 - 8.0
 Size:    7 cm; 3 inches
 Life Span:    5 - 7 years
 Breeding:    Normal, Egg Layer

Compatibility:

Barbs, Clown Loaches, Danios, Gouramis, Mollies, Platies, Plecostomus, one Red Tailed Shark, Rainbow Shark, Silver Dollar, Swordtails
(Puntius tetrazona)
Green Tiger Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3"
Color Form: Fluorescent Green, Gold, Orange, Silver
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra
Family: Cyprinidae

The Green Tiger Barb's main body is deep fluorescent green with silver/gold blotches and orange accented fins. They are a very lively, playful fish that prefers to be in schools.

They prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Green Tiger Barb is a very active fish that may pester or even nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish.

It is best, when trying to breed the Green Tiger Barb, to house a number of Barbs in the same aquarium until they pair off. After a pair has developed, the female will lay the eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. The fry will be free-swimming after about 5 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Green Tiger Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

(Puntius tetrazona)
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Tiger Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3"
Color Form: Black, Gold, Orange, Silver
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Farm Raised, USA
Family: Cyprinidae

The Tiger Barb is silver/gold with black stripes and orange accented fins. They are a very lively, playful fish that prefers to be in schools.

They prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Tiger Barb is a very active fish that may pester or even nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish.

It is best, when trying to breed the Tiger Barb, to house a number of Barbs in the same aquarium until they pair off. After a pair has developed, the female will lay the eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. The fry will be free-swimming after about 5 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Tiger Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Albino Tiger Barb

(Puntius tetrazona)
Albino Tiger Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3"
Color Form: Cream, Gold
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra
Family: Cyprinidae

The Albino Tiger Barb is cream and gold with white stripes and red/orange accented fins. They are a very lively, playful fish that prefers to be in schools.

Denison Barb

(Puntius denisonii)
Denison Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 60-77F; pH 6.8-7.8; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 4"
Color Form: Black, Red, Silver
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: India
Family: Cyprinidae

The Denison Barb, also known as the Red Lined Torpedo Barb or the Rose Line Shark, is a longer fish when compared to the other Barbs. The coloration of this fish is silver in color with a black line running the length of its body and a red stripe across its eyes. It also has a red edge on its dorsal fin and yellow and black accents on the end of its tail.

Unlike some of the other barbs, this is a peaceful fish that is a welcome addition to any larger community aquarium. They should be kept in groups in an aquarium with a tight fitting lid, as they have a tendency to jump. In nature, they are found in fast moving streams and appreciate a high oxygen level in aquarium water.

The Denison Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Odessa Barb

(Puntius sp.)
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Odessa Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3"
Color Form: Silver
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra
Family: Cyprinidae

The Odessa Barb is sometimes known as the Scarlet Barb, and the body of the female is silver and pink with a black spot above the pectoral fin. The male is black to silver in coloration and has a beautiful bright red stripe running horizontally from the head to the tail. They are very beautiful and lively fish that prefer to be in schools.

They do prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Scarlet Barb is a very active fish that may pester or even nip the fins of larger, slower moving fish.

It is best, when trying to breed the Odessa Barb, to house a number of Barbs in the same aquarium until they pair off. After a pair has developed, the female will lay her eggs and the male will follow behind to fertilize. The fry will be free-swimming after about 5 days. Feed the fry newly hatched brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Odessa Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as freeze dried, live, and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Ticto Barb

(Puntius ticto)
Ticto Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 4"
Color Form: Gold, Silver
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka
Family: Cyprinidae

The Ticto Barb, also known as the Two Spot Barb, or Tic-Tac-Toe Barb, is golden/silver with a black spot just before the pectoral fin, and a second spot back towards the tail.

They prefer a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Ticto Barb is a schooling fish and enjoys being in numbers. If in a large enough school, they typically will not bother any other fish in the aquarium.

It is best, when trying to breed the Ticto Barb, to house two females with one male. Provide a coarse gravel in the breeding tank and after the eggs have been laid, remove the parents. The fry will hatch in approximately 3 days, at which time, they should be fed baby brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Ticto Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetables as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as live and frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms.

Hexazon Barb

(Puntius pentazona)
Hexazon Barb
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.0-7.0; KH 4-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2"
Color Form: Gold
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Malaysia, Singapore
Family: Cyprinidae

The Hexazon Barb, also known as the Five Banded Barb, is a golden color with six black bars running vertically on each side of the body.

The Hexazon Barb prefers a well-planted tank of at least 30 gallons with soft, slightly acidic water. Rocks and driftwood can be added to the aquarium, but leave plenty of space for swimming. The Hexazon Barb is a schooling fish and will do best in a small group of 5 or more individuals. If given a large enough school, they will typically not bother any other fish in the aquarium.

It is best when trying to breed the Hexazon Barb to provide coarse gravel in the breeding tank and after the eggs have been laid, remove the parents. In most cases, 200 eggs will hatch after a little over one full day, and the fry should be fed baby brine shrimp until large enough to accept crushed flake food.

The Hexazon Barb needs to be fed a variety of foods including vegetable-based as well as meaty foods. Feed a quality flake food as well as freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp.