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This fish does not have a reputation for threatening an aquarium, however, short-term flashes of aggression still occur both in a flock of barbs and in bar’s relations with neighbors of other breeds. You must be prepared for the fact that quarrels between these creatures sometimes become so acute that the fish begin to destroy each other!

Veiltails, guppies, cockerels, scalars and telescopes are best to stay away from the barb in a bad mood, otherwise they may lose their voile tails and fins.

Do not expect anything good from the neighborhood brisk barbs and fearful passive lyalius. And the bullying astronotus bar is not a couple, because the fish will certainly want to measure themselves.

Of course, the barbs would not have refused to become the sole and full owners of the underwater territory, but if you plan to breed several types of fish in one aquarium, the World of Soviets recommends to add barley, parrots or mollies to barbs. Fish with a similar disposition and lifestyle will surely get along.

Rod barbus (Puntius) – one of the most common genera of aquarium fish. It is remarkable that its representatives are not capricious, have a bright and varied color, are very active and mobile.

Unpretentiousness attract the attention of novice aquarists.

Hailing barbs from the reservoirs of China, Africa, Southeast Asia. In the wild, fish of the genus Barbus live in flocks, and moreover very large ones.

The maintenance of barbs does not represent special difficulties. Chemical parameters of water (hardness, acidity) do not play a special role. Water barbs prefer the old, with the traditional replacement of 1/3.

Temperature range from 20 grams. Up to 26.

But the temperature is still desirable 23-26 gr.

The shape of the aquarium is chosen taking into account the fact that the barbs are very fast and fast-moving fish. Aquariums for barbs usually have an elongated, elongated shape, so that the frisky fish have a place to “gain acceleration”. The ground in such aquariums is usually dark, and the lighting is bright.

Such a contrast favorably emphasizes the coloring of barbs. Floating plants create extra space for fish “maneuver.”

Two mandatory conditions for the breeding and maintenance of barbs – powerful filtration and aeration of water. Also for the barbs you need to purchase a pump. The pump is needed to create a flow imitation.

Underwater currents are peculiar “toys” for barbs, fish love to frolic in the jets created by additional equipment.

In the aquarium barbs live in flocks (5-7 pcs.). They will please you with good care for 3-4 years.

For all their friendliness and livability, the barbs are sometimes snooty. They are particularly addicted to sluggish guppies with flowing tails.

The favorite occupation of the barbs is to sneak up on the tails of the tails and bite their fins. Magnificent fins annoy the barbs: occupy a lot of space in the already limited water space. It is possible that the modestly decorated barbs of nature are slightly envious of their overdressed counterparts.

Undemanding barbs are undemanding in everything, including food: they are omnivorous. With a food deficiency, barbs are happily reinforced by leaves of aquarium plants.

Nowadays, more than 200 types of barbs are known, more than 50 are types of barbs that are bred in home aquariums. Distinctive characteristics of fish: there are no teeth in the jaws, instead of them pharyngeal teeth are developed; cycloid scales; many species have antennae over the upper jaw. There are three kinds of barbs (Barbodes, Capoeta, Puntius).

Many aquarian variations come from freshwater bodies of Africa and Southeast Asia.

All species live under the same water conditions: temperature 20-25 ° C, medium hard water and neutral pH. Once a week you need to make a replacement of 20% of water for fresh and infused.

Some are schooling barbs, others are loners. This feature depends on the size of the fish: large fish can be calm and peaceful, medium and small are more fearful, so they come into conflicts, and do not like sluggish neighbors in the aquarium.

Habitat of another species – green barbs – areas of East China. Their usual size is somewhat larger: about 9 cm. Absolutely peaceful carps, they do not offend even a floating trifle.

It is for this reason that the green “Chinese” are widely spread in the world aquarism.

There are several aquarium species and subspecies that differ in color and size, among which can be called cherry barbs, oligolepis, ruby, butterflies and others.

Cherry Barbus: content, compatibility, breeding, photo-video review

Order, family: Carp.

Comfortable water temperature: 22-24 ° C.

Ph: 6.5-7.0.

dH: up to 15 °.

Aggressiveness: aggressive 10%.

Compatibility Barbus cherry: barbus, gourami, catfish, ternets, tetri.

Barbus cherry beautiful, bright, peaceful, unpretentious fish. Known to aquarists about fifty years. In Europe came in 1936.

Imported into the USSR in 1956. Soviet aquarists had a rich experience in keeping and breeding representatives of the barbus genus.

And although the cherry barbus has a number of features that should be observed for its reproduction, in the Soviet Union the offspring was quickly obtained from this fish and it was bred in large quantities. Its peaceful disposition and unpretentiousness make it suitable for keeping novice aquarists, both in general and in a specific aquarium.

They live in slowly flowing not deep streams of Sri Lanka and in particular Ceylon. Prefer places shaded and densely overgrown with plants. The beauty of the fish has become her curse.

The pursuit of profit spurred on by the popularity of the species among aquarists on the European continent led to a sharp reduction in the population in natural habitats. To date, the species is listed in the red book.

In Asia, organized several nurseries involved in the restoration of the population of this species in the wild.

Feeding aquarium fish must be correct: balanced, diverse. This fundamental rule is the key to successful keeping of any fish, be it guppies or astronotuses.

Article “How and how much to feed aquarium fish” talks in detail about this, it outlines the basic principles of the diet and feeding regime of fish.

In this article, we note the most important thing – feeding fish should not be monotonous; both dry and live food should be included in the diet. In addition, you need to take into account the gastronomic preferences of a particular fish and, depending on this, include in its diet ration either with the highest protein content or vice versa with vegetable ingredients.

Popular and popular feed for fish, of course, are dry food. For example, hourly and everywhere can be found on the aquarium shelves of food company “Tetra” – the leader of the Russian market, in fact, the range of feeds of this company is striking. In the “gastronomic arsenal” of Tetra are included as individual feeds for a certain type of fish: for goldfish, for cichlids, for loricarids, guppies, labyrinths, arovan, discus, etc.

Also, Tetra has developed specialized foods, for example, for enhancing color, fortified or for feeding fry. Detailed information on all Tetra feeds, you can find on the official website of the company – here.

It should be noted that when buying any dry food, you should pay attention to the date of its production and shelf life, try not to buy food by weight, and also keep the food in a closed state – this will help avoid the development of pathogenic flora in it.

Description of Barbus Vishnevoy

It has an oblong, slightly flattened laterally body up to 4 centimeters long. On the upper jaw has a pair of antennae. Fins bright red anal and dorsal have a black edging.

The body of the male has a bright red color. Intensity, which is higher in good conditions and in the breeding season. The tail fin is two-bladed.

Iris eye silver red. The lateral line is short, marked with black dots on the scales, often merging into a solid line. Fishy enough shy.

And at the slightest danger, they prefer to hide in secluded places in the thickets of plants. Also, young individuals prefer to keep a flock of 7-10 members. Keeps mostly in the middle layers of water.

In the aquarium conditions live 3-4 years. Sexual maturity reaches 6 – 8 months. The female from the male can be distinguished by color.

In particular, her body is often silvery olive, the fins are yellow. It also has a less intense color.

Barbushe cherry content

For a flock of 6 -10 individuals, an aquarium of about 50 liters will suit. Desirable oblong shape.

Soil is better than dark shade. Suitable large gray river sand or fine granite chips. The aquarium should be densely planted with small-leaf plants.

The top lighting is not too bright. In bright light, the fish become fearful and sedentary. The chemical composition of water does not play a special role.

The optimum temperature is 20 – 22 ° C. Prefer old water.

However, it is advisable to replace the water in the aquarium with fresh, but small portions at least once a week. No more than one fifth.

Feed better live feed. They can also feed on bloodworms, but in order for the color to be bright and saturated, they should be periodically fed with live crustaceans – daphnia, cyclops.

Vegetable supplements are also required (chopped scalded lettuce, cabbage, spinach). Barbus cherry fish peaceful. It can be kept with any other species similar in terms of content.

The main thing is to select such neighbors for them, who would not have bullied them much and would not take them for food. The best neighbors for them are neons, danio rerio.

Cultivation of barbs cherry

For breeding is better to use all-glass or frameless oblong aquarium. Volume from 15 liters. Water level up to twenty centimeters.

As the soil is better to use coarse river sand. In the center of the spawning ground must necessarily be a small-leaved bush.

Barbus cherry spawn eggs on the lower surface of the leaf plate of plants. Caviar is attached to the leaves with mucus.

But holding there is not too strong. A light push is enough for the eggs to rain down to the bottom. Therefore, the separator mesh at the bottom will not be superfluous.

Fish do not touch the eggs that stick to the plants, but can eat caviar that fell to the bottom. The water in the breeding ground should have a temperature of 24-26 ° C. Stiffness up to 8 ° dH.

Water hardness is reduced, diluting it with distilled water (Determine the hardness). pH = 7.

Two weeks before spawning, males and females are seated separately and are fed abundantly with live food. It is highly desirable fertilizing plant food. On one female usually take two males.

After all the preparatory work is completed in the breeding ground, the female is placed first and then two hours later after two males. On the temperature regulator set 26 ° C.

Do not allow direct sunlight into the spawning area. The next morning spawning will begin.

Male and female continuously for two or three hours swirl around the chosen bush of plants. The female sweeps one by one – two eggs on the lower surface of the leaves, and the male fertilizes them immediately.

During spawning, the female can sweep from 150 to 300 eggs. After spawning, the producers should definitely be transplanted from the spawning grounds. Incubation lasts about one day.

And in two or three days the fry will swim and start to eat. Starting com for them live dust, ciliates, nauplii Artemia.

Cannibalism among the fry is not observed. As they grow, it is advisable to transfer them to a larger aquarium.

Gradually lowering the temperature and increasing the hardness of the water to values ​​suitable for adult fish.

The cherry barbus deserves the closest attention of aquarists, both beginners and experienced. And its deplorable position in natural habitats due to grief – nature lovers, makes its maintenance and breeding in captivity not only enjoyable, but also necessary.

Multiplying it in a home aquarium, you thereby reduce the need for its production in the wild. And thus contribute to the preservation of the species.

And the view is so interesting and beautiful that it will give you a lot of pleasant moments when watching it.

Beautiful photos of cherry barbus


Video selection about cherry barbus

General information about the barbs

Carp family (Cyprinidae).

Barbusses (genus Barbus) – killing fish. In nature, there are several dozen varieties. Distributed in Africa, South and Southeast Asia.

Most of them are small, moving, small fish, 4-6 cm in size. Small barbs are considered to be peaceful inhabitants of aquariums, but their aggressiveness is possible, to the extent that they destroy other fish in the aquarium. In general, these are fast and nimble fishes that are constantly in motion, they are looking for something and are catching up with each other.

Suitable for aquarists who prefer active fish. Keep them with inactive neighbors is not worth it, because they will constantly bother, twitch, create a stressful situation.

Large barbs can compete even aggressive inhabitants of aquariums. Most of these species can be contained in aquariums from 50 liters.

Barbs fish feel good at a fairly low temperature of 20-24C. The composition of water does not play a significant role, these fish are accustomed to live in running water. Therefore, it is desirable to create a current in an aquarium with the help of aeration.

Small species contain flocks of 5-7 pieces. Lifetime in the aquarium for them is usually 3-4 years. Large fish, such as shark barbs, often contain singly or in pairs, they live in captivity much longer.

The ground color should be dark, in this case the fish look brighter. Planting plants for these restless fish should not be very dense, with swimming space, because it is in the open areas that the fish show their active character. For them, the optimal presence of floating plants.

There should be separate, densely overgrown places that serve as shelter for them. Practically any can be used as food for most aquarium barbs: live – bloodworm, tubule, daphnia, cyclops, frozen daphnia and bloodworms; various dry mixes based on dried daphnia; granulated industrial feed.

For adult fish, the addition of plant components is desirable, otherwise, these inhabitants of aquariums can damage young shoots in plants.

Breeding of most species of aquarium fish barbs is not difficult. As a breeding ground, you can use a frame or all-glass aquarium from 10 liters. The water is old, with the addition of 30% fresh, settled.

No soil required. The bottom must be covered with plants as a substrate for spawning and to prevent manufacturers from eating the eggs. You can also use the grid, separating the producers from the bottom, in this case they can not get to the caviar.

Sometimes the producers have to keep separate before spawning, sometimes the fish spawn and so, even in the general aquarium. Usually, if females have a clearly visible full belly, they are ready to spawn.

A couple or group of producers is planted to spawn in the evening. Spawning usually begins the next morning, with the first rays of the sun falling.

The female for one spawning sweeps up to several hundred eggs. After spawning, producers need to be removed, otherwise they will try to get to the caviar and may destroy it. Larvae hatch in a day.

At first they are hiding so much that they can be overlooked and decided that they all died. After four days, the fry begin to swim and eat.

At the initial stage of feeding, infusoria or rotifers should be used as feed. This is due to the insignificant size of the fry. When fry barbs grow up – small crustaceans.

Juveniles grow fast. Periodically, it must be sorted by size in order to avoid cannibalism.

With abundant feeding, most species reach sexual maturity by 8–10 months.

When keeping barbs you need to take into account the peculiarities of a particular species, since the variety of different variants of this fish often confuses novice aquarists.

Barbus Arulyus: content, compatibility, breeding, photo-video compilation

Order, family: Carp.

Comfortable water temperature: 22 – 250С.

Ph: 6.5-7.5.

Aggressiveness: quite aggressive 30%.

Barbus Arulyus Compatibility: barbus, gourami, moths, parrot, catfish, creeps, tetri.

Personal experience and useful tips: If you decide to start a barbus, I recommend to allocate for this a separate aquarium, “barbusyatnik.

Description of Barbus Arulyus:

It inhabits rivers and flowing lakes in the south and south-east of India. It was first brought to Europe in 1954.

At barbus arulyus the body extended in length, the profile of the back is more arched than the belly, the lateral line is full. Mouth final with 1 pair of antennae.

The tail fin is two-bladed. The color of the body barbus arulyus: the upper half of the body is yellowish-gray with a metallic sheen; the back is blue-blue; across the body are black and blue stripes, well expressed only under normal conditions of detention.

Three dark spots are also located here, one – under the front edge of the dorsal fin, the second – in the middle of the caudal stem and the third – at the base of the caudal fin. Caudal and anal fins transparent, reddish, dorsal smoky. Dorsal fin transparent with black fringe.

The pectoral fins have a black edging, the abdominal has a smoky spot, and both fins are transparent. Sexual differences: the male – the dorsal fin is elongated in length, and has the shape of a flag consisting of 4 separate rays extending beyond its limits; during the spawning period, the male is colored bright blue, the top of the rear part of the body, anal and tail fins are bright red ; the female has a fuller belly.

Under natural conditions, the fish grow up to 14 cm, in aquariums usually less. Lifespan 3-4 years.

Barbus arulius jumping, moving, peace-loving fish. Keep it necessary to a group of 6-7 individuals. Different types of fish can be neighbors, except for slow-moving fish with wide and long fins.

Feels comfortable in the middle and lower layers of water.

For the maintenance of Barbus Arulius, a closed aquarium is required, with a length of 150 cm and more, with muffled and diffused lighting. In the aquarium should be overgrown plants (at the edges and at the back wall), various shelters (stones, snags) and free space for swimming.

The ground is dark. Water parameters: pH 6.5-7.5, temperature 22 – 250С.

Powerful filtration is required (it is advisable to use a biofilter), aeration and weekly substitution of up to 30% of the volume of water.

Barbus arulius eats live (bloodworm, daphnia, koretra, occasionally tubule), vegetable (algae, scalded lettuce, spinach and dandelion) and dry flaky food. The presence of several barbs in the general aquarium is a good guarantee against contamination of the bottom with food residues.

Feeding any aquarium fish should be correct: balanced, varied. This fundamental rule is the key to successful keeping of any fish, be it guppies or astronotuses.

Article “How and how much to feed aquarium fish” talks in detail about this, it outlines the basic principles of the diet and feeding regime of fish.

In this article, we note the most important thing – feeding fish should not be monotonous; both dry and live food should be included in the diet. In addition, you need to take into account the gastronomic preferences of a particular fish and, depending on this, include in its diet ration either with the highest protein content or vice versa with vegetable ingredients.

Popular and popular feed for fish, of course, are dry food. For example, hourly and everywhere can be found on the aquarium shelves of food company “Tetra” – the leader of the Russian market, in fact, the range of feeds of this company is striking. In the “gastronomic arsenal” of Tetra are included as individual feeds for a certain type of fish: for goldfish, for cichlids, for loricarids, guppies, labyrinths, arovan, discus, etc.

Also, Tetra has developed specialized foods, for example, for enhancing color, fortified or for feeding fry. Detailed information on all Tetra feeds, you can find on the official website of the company – here.

It should be noted that when buying any dry food, you should pay attention to the date of its production and shelf life, try not to buy food by weight, and also keep the food in a closed state – this will help avoid the development of pathogenic flora in it.

Stock Foto Barbus Arulius

General information about the barbs

Carp family (Cyprinidae).

Barbusses (genus Barbus) – killing fish. In nature, there are several dozen varieties.

Distributed in Africa, South and Southeast Asia. Most of them are small, moving, small fish, 4-6 cm in size.

Small fish barbs are considered to be peaceful inhabitants of aquariums, but their aggressiveness is possible, to the extent that they destroy other fish in the aquarium. In general, these are fast and nimble fishes that are constantly in motion, they are looking for something and are catching up with each other.

Suitable for aquarists who prefer active fish. Keep them with inactive neighbors is not worth it, because they will constantly bother, twitch, create a stressful situation.

Large barbs can compete even aggressive inhabitants of aquariums. Most of these species can be contained in aquariums from 50 liters. Barbs fish feel good at a fairly low temperature of 20-24C.

The composition of water does not play a significant role, these fish are accustomed to live in running water. Therefore, it is desirable to create a current in an aquarium with the help of aeration. Small species contain flocks of 5-7 pieces.

Lifetime in the aquarium for them is usually 3-4 years. Large fish, such as shark barbs, often contain singly or in pairs, they live in captivity much longer. The ground color should be dark, in this case the fish look brighter.

Planting plants for these restless fish should not be very dense, with swimming space, because it is in the open areas that the fish show their active character. For them, the optimal presence of floating plants.

There should be separate, densely overgrown places that serve as shelter for them. Practically any can be used as food for most aquarium barbs: live – bloodworm, tubule, daphnia, cyclops, frozen daphnia and bloodworms; various dry mixes based on dried daphnia; granulated industrial feed.

For adult fish, the addition of plant components is desirable, otherwise, these inhabitants of aquariums can damage young shoots in plants.

Breeding of most species of aquarium fish barbs is not difficult. As a breeding ground, you can use a frame or all-glass aquarium from 10 liters. The water is old, with the addition of 30% fresh, settled.

No soil required. The bottom must be covered with plants as a substrate for spawning and to prevent manufacturers from eating the eggs. You can also use the grid, separating the producers from the bottom, in this case they can not get to the caviar.

Sometimes the producers have to keep separate before spawning, sometimes the fish spawn and so, even in the general aquarium. Usually, if females have a clearly visible full belly, they are ready to spawn. A couple or group of producers is planted to spawn in the evening.

Spawning usually begins the next morning, with the first rays of the sun falling. The female for one spawning sweeps up to several hundred eggs. After spawning, producers need to be removed, otherwise they will try to get to the caviar and may destroy it.

Larvae hatch in a day. At first they are hiding so much that they can be overlooked and decided that they all died. After four days, the fry begin to swim and eat.

At the initial stage of feeding, infusoria or rotifers should be used as feed. This is due to the insignificant size of the fry.

When fry barbs grow up – small crustaceans. Juveniles grow fast.

Periodically, it must be sorted by size in order to avoid cannibalism. With abundant feeding, most species reach sexual maturity by 8–10 months.

When keeping barbs you need to take into account the peculiarities of a particular species, since the variety of different variants of this fish often confuses novice aquarists.

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