Native Location: Sri Lanka
Maximum Size: 5cm
Temperature Range: 20-27℃ (70-80.6℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.0-8.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 60cm x 30cm for group of 6-8 fish.
Potential Tankmates: Rainbowfish, Tetras, Plecos and generally most peaceful community fish.
Care Level: Easy
Cherry Barb is a small, bright and active fish that is endemic to the ‘wet zone’ jungle areas of Sri Lanka. You will find them living in the shaded waterways among the leaf litter and fallen branches. Often seen in large numbers exhibiting schooling and micro-predatory behaviour. When we consider the home aquarium setting, the ideal conditions would include soft silica sand with natural leaf litter and botanicals covering the bottom of the aquarium. The addition of bogwood or branches add a natural look. We recommend adding a good sized group of around 8-10 fish (more if possible) to promote confidence and encourage males to display much more vibrant colouring. Due to their ability to co-exist with many other species of community fish and sturdiness, they are an excellent choice for beginner fishkeepers. They also look fantastic in an established planted aquarium, providing beautiful contrast over the green backdrop. In their natural habitat they will spend all day hunting for small crustaceans and insects amongst the leaf litter along with algae and diatoms. You can easily provide a similar diet in the home aquarium by offering live foods like brine shrimp or bloodworm with the addition of a quality flake food.
Breeding is achieved by scattering fertilised eggs across the substrate. In a mature aquarium setting you may see some fry appear without any
involvement from the fishkeeper but to increase the survival rate, it is advised to use a second aquarium with a mess or large grain substrate to allow eggs to drop beyond the parents reach. All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and insure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.