The male will turn "cherry" red when ready to spawn, hence the name "Cherry Barb". A small, peaceful, easy to spawn fish. The fry are very small and require the tiniest foods for the first week. I have my Cherry barbs in a densely planted aquarium, since they are not as fast as Danios. If any one wants to add color and beauty in their aquarium they need to add at least six cherry Barbs with green plants, for example Hornwort. Cherry Barb is a perfect match with tetra family. Strong water current is not good for this slow moving fish. White fungal disease can easily be detected on the red surface of the fish.
I am proud to say that Cherry Barbs were my first fish ever. I was new, and made the stupid choice of getting 2 males and 1 female. The larger male kept harassing the smaller, so as soon as possible, I got 2 more females. I'm sad to say though, the smaller male did die, although his body didn't show any attack marks or battery. Well, my four barbs lived happily in a 40 liter tank, until I decided to move them to a 75 liter long. I moved them in, and I'm proud to say I didn't lose a single one. Eventually I got some guppies, two to be exact. The cherry barbs picked on the guppies, so I got even bigger guppies. Once the addition of even more guppies, the cherry barbs left them alone. Then horror struck, and my tank got Ich. The cherry barbs didn't get it til the end, but I lost three of my prize fish. Only the first female survived. That female is the oldest fish I have, and she seems to have taken the "peace keeper" role in the tank. A while back, one of my guppies had babies, and the cherry barb kept the other fish from harrassing them. She also breaks up chases when the danios are chasing a guppy, or a guppy is chasing a guppy. Cherry Barbs seem to be fish that certainly have a mind of their own, as in, they each have a personallity, just like humans. I now have 5 cherry barbs, 4 female 1 male, but still, my original is top dog in the tank. The other fish bow down to her, and she can go into all of the territories they have made. I've never seen her harm another fish, so why she is top, I have no clue. She takes care of new fish, maybe that's why? She stays by the new fish to comfort them, so it seems. As I said, she is truly a remarkable fish.
I have four cherry barbs in a 40 L tank with 5 zebra danios. My tank is 3/4 full of plants and rocks with caves. I had the danios first, and so when I got the new barbs, I had to float them for an hour. Ten minutes after I put them and the bag into the tank, I walked back into the tank room to look at my new arrivals. I looked at my danios and was awed at what they were doing! They were surrounding the bag and then moving the plastic bag around the tank. When I finally released the barbs, they all mixed together and began to hang out. Over the next few days, they wer unseparable. They ate, slept, swam and played together. Today, two years later, they still do and I can detect no signs of stress or fear. With each other, they have never gotten sick or hurt. In fact, their colors have brightened and boldened with each other and they're are always swimming around the tank together happily. So my advice, if you want happy, healthy cherry barbs, buy a group of four or more with a group of four or more zebra danios.
I have 3 albino Cherry Barbs and one regular male. The albino male is a really cool electric orange colour with matching eyes. The females are white with orange fins eyes. They spawn constantly and then swim around eating the eggs almost immediately after. Not the best parents! They are extremely peaceful and seem to get along with everybody.
I bought 4 cherry barbs, 2 males and 2 females. A few weeks later I noticed the colour of a male was intense red. I searched the net and found out that it was in breeding condition. I put the plumper female and the redder male in a tank with lots of cabomba. I woke up early in the morning and watched the pair mate. It was really interesting to see the male chase the female all around the tank. I removed the pair. A few days later I saw many hatchlings at the bottom of the tank and fed them with liquid fry food. Now I have about 10 cherry barbs in my community tank.
One of my all time favourite fish: small, peaceful, stunning colours, hardy, easy to breed. I set up a tank for my mother 8 or 9 years ago with some barbs and danios for ease of maintenance. Most of the original barbs are still going strong, including a few pairs of Cherry Barbs, so they are also long lived!