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Cherry Barbus – useful tips on maintenance and care

Hello dear readers of my blog and just visitors. I am glad to welcome you again on my resource and as you already understood, I am ready to share with you another post. Unfortunately, the second part of the article about the water in the aquarium is not ready yet, but I am working hard on it.

You don’t want to read and waste time on the material you don’t want, do you? Of course you do not want.

That’s why I will properly prepare the articles and lay out for everyone to see. And today we will talk with you about such a wonderful fish as a cherry barb.

Cherry barb is a hardened resident of Sri Lanka. This little red robber prefers shaded streams, so if you plan to keep these aquarium fish, worry about creating shaded shelters for them with plants. Cherry barbers were brought to Europe somewhere in the 30s, I don’t remember exactly the year, but only in the 60s of the last century it came to the vastness of the Soviet Union.

At this time, cherry barbus you can find in the waters of Mexico and Colombia. The length of the fish is small, a maximum of 5 centimeters, although in captivity usually more than four rarely grows.

The body of this species of barb is slightly elongated and slightly compressed at the sides, similar to that of a Sumatran barb. If you look closely, then on the upper lip of the fish you will see a pair of small whiskers.

What I like about this barb is the fact that the fish is quite a contrast. The males have a bright dark cherry color, and a dark stripe runs along the entire body along the sides.

Under this strip on the scales of the fish you will see dark spots.

Cherry Barbus – male

The gills and fins of this barb are naturally red in color, only the fins have a dark border. How to distinguish male from female? Very simple – the female is not so bright.

The lower part of her abdomen has a beige shade, and the color of the fish above the brown line is dull orange. If you are going to get yourself a couple of other of these red robbers, then you will need an aquarium of at least 50 liters, and also for it to be stretched in length.

This is not a mandatory point, but it is considered better. The temperature of the water in the aquarium should be in the range of 24-27 degrees, this temperature is considered optimal for many species of fish.

With whom can cherry barbs get along? Cherry barb will be fine with all peaceful fish such as neon, rasbor and so on. That is, there should be no problems with his characters.

Although there were 2 me two pairs of barbs, among which there was a real zadrot – who does not swim, immediately starts to drive around the aquarium. Only the pearl guramkas and the girinoheylus did not reach, as I already have an impressive size.

Cherry Barbus – female

When you drop cherry barbs into an aquarium and see that they are sticking to the side of the rest of the fish, don’t worry, this is their mentality. As a rule, they keep apart.

When keeping this type of barbs, try not to pour much hard water into your can. Although the fish to the composition of the water is almost not demanding, of course it is better to monitor the quality of the aquarium water.

The only important factor is that the water in no case should not be old, so take a pump weekly and start marafet your aquarium with a water change of 1/5 of the total. Naturally you need to get a filter too.

Yes, I forgot about an important condition for the successful maintenance of a cherry barbus – plant more aquarium plants. The aquarium should be a variety of vegetation – plant plants that take root in the soil and those that live in the skinny water.

For these purposes, the well-known spiral valllieria, elodea and our domestic hornpole will suit everyone, although in principle there is practically no difference. This is necessary so that the barbs would have a place to hide. If you carefully read the article, then you immediately remember what I wrote at the beginning – the fish love shaded reservoirs.

It is for the same purpose that it is recommended to plant a jar with a dagger. Since the fry are pretty shy, the plants will help them to hide, and the empty seats will serve them as a great springboard for walking before bedtime.

Experienced aquarists recommend buying cherry barbs in small groups of 6 max. This is said so that the fish in the aquarium on the general background are not lost among the other inhabitants of your aquarium and plants.

It’s funny to watch the competition of males in the fight for females. They straighten their feathers and begin to crab themselves before each other. The most interesting thing is that in this fight the fish do not hurt each other and do not kill, as happens with other fish.

I heard such a thing from experienced aquarists that the males who lost in the battle for the female, get its color. I do not know how true this is, I have never seen such a thing.

Barbs are eaten with various feeds: it is safe to give bloodworms, artemia, daphnia, cyclops, tubule and other all sorts of animal feed. You can try to give dry share, but his barbs eat without hunting.

I don’t see any sense in adding various vegetable dressings to the diet, as from time to time cherry barbs gradually devour the spread so that there is no news for you.

Cherry barbs can be safely considered one of the popular species of fish because of its attractive color and amusing behavior. The life span of this barbus species does not exceed 5 years; the fish will reach sexual maturity at the age of six or eight months.

It seems that he did not miss anything and did not forget, but if he forgot anything, do not be angry at me. Immediately go to the comments and throw mud at me 🙂 Joke of course) On this note I will finish my story, see you again, friends and all the best.

With you was Andrei Selitsky.

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