The cherry barbus, unlike other types of aquarium fish, is more fearful and prefers aquariums with dense thickets of aquarium plants, where they like to hide in the shade of leaves. The best companions for the cherry barbus will be rasboru and small haracinids (neons, gracilis, etc.). However, you should be aware that the magnificent fins of the voile forms of aquarium fish may suffer from cherry barbs, so this species should not be kept in the same tank with fish voile forms. The cherry barbus is kept in flocks of 5-8 individuals and an aquarium with a capacity of 20-30 liters is quite suitable for the flocks of these fish. A variety of grottoes, snags and other decorations that can become not only a great place to hide, but also a great decor for an aquarium, will look good in an aquarium with a cherry barb.
The cherry barbus does not like bright light, therefore in the aquarium where it is contained, the bottom should be covered with dark soil. Against a dark background of the soil, the fish look very impressive and, moreover, they feel more comfortable, which greatly affects their color. Barbed cherry in the middle and lower layers of water, where they prefer to eat.
In the food, these fish are not picky and with great pleasure they eat live food (moth, daphnia, koretra, and sometimes a pipe worker) and artificial food. Herbal supplements (scalded lettuce leaves, seaweed, dandelion, spinach) are recommended to be included in the diet of fish, but the barb does not touch the cherry plants in the aquarium.
Twice a week, these fish need to do “fasting days” and not to feed, because the cherry barbus, like its relatives, is prone to gluttony, which leads to fish obesity. To enhance the color you need to periodically replenish the diet of fish with daphnia or cyclop. In aquariums with a cherry barb, aeration and filtration of water must be performed, and you should also replace 10-15% of the total water volume once a week. Life expectancy of a barbus cherry with good content reaches up to 7 years.
Sumatran barbs – peaceful, gregarious, very mobile fish. The small size, liveliness of movements and beautiful coloring allow us to consider them as one of the most interesting inhabitants of a home aquarium.
Females are larger than males with a fuller belly. The color of the males is brighter, the red color of the fins is more saturated. It should be noted that in nature, Sumatran barb has a more faded color than its aquarium congener. The fish, which can now be found on sale, was obtained, as a rule, as a result of aquarium breeding, and the brightness of its color is enhanced by a long selection.
In an aquarium, Sumatran barbs prefer to stay in flocks. Kept mainly in the middle and lower layers of water. For the maintenance of these fish, it is desirable to have an aquarium densely planted with vegetation (from 50 l) with open swimming areas. The soil is better dark, otherwise the fish get a paler color.
Barbus Shark, Shark Ball
Shark Barbus is a schooling and peace-loving. It is best to keep a group of 4-6 individuals, however, if the size of the aquarium does not allow this, then you can keep 1-2 fish. Shark Ball is easy to get on with most large and peaceful aquarium fish. As a rule, these fish go on sale caught in nature, and therefore they are very susceptible to stress (during the cleaning of the aquarium, every sudden movement causes panic, and this can lead to all sorts of injuries when hitting the walls of the aquarium). In most cases, the process of habituation lasts about 1 month.
For the maintenance of shark barbs you need a spacious aquarium with a volume of at least 150-200 liters (a smaller volume in aquariums leads to a decrease in life expectancy and slower growth). Since the shark ball is a jumping fish, it is necessary to cover the aquarium with a cover or a cover glass. The aquarium is decorated with stones, snags and aquarium plants (such as various types of Anubias, echinodorus, wallisneria, and others), but one should not forget about the necessary space for free swimming. Looking for good filtration and weekly water changes up to 30% of the volume of the aquarium.
It feeds on any kind of food: live, dry and vegetable. Periodically it is necessary to change the types of dry feed. It should be noted that these aquarium fish have a weak stomach, and experiments with the diet can harm them greatly. For example, it is not necessary to feed them with cheese, bloodworms (half-digested chitin shells clog the digestive system and lead to frustration).
The character of Barbus scarlet is calm and peaceful. In the aquarium it is best to have a flock of 6 – 7 fish. Normally coexist with various types of aquarium fish, excluding only owners of wide and long fins. When the content of scarlet barb, in the aquarium, you must put a dark ground and a dark background on the back wall, then the fish will have a brighter color.
Lighting pick up the top offset to the front glass. The aquarium should be not less than 50 liters in volume, have floating plants, and also enough free space for swimming. In addition, it is necessary to place a filter and aerator in the aquarium and it is advisable to replace water in the aquarium every week. Live food can be used as well as dry food.
Barbus Arulyus, Barcelaus
Barbus arulius is an active, peace-loving and jumping fish. Keep it must be a group of 6-7 individuals. It is easy to get on with different types of aquarium fish, but not with sedentary or having wide long fins. Usually the barb is kept in the lower and middle water layer. Barbus skewers feels fine in a closed aquarium up to 150 cm in length with dim, diffused lighting. Thickets of aquarium plants and all kinds of decorative shelters (stones or snags) should be placed along the edges and along the back wall of the aquarium, and leave enough space in the center for swimming. Soil needed dark. Mandatory strong filtration (mainly biofilter), aeration and replacement of 30% of the volume of water every week. It feeds on a barb kositselavnichny live (bloodworm, koretra, daphnia, and sometimes a strawberry), vegetable (algae, scalded spinach leaves, lettuce or dandelion) and high-quality dry flaky food. Several barbs in the same aquarium will perfectly cope with contamination of the bottom with food debris.
Barbus Butterfly, Barbus Butterfly
The character of Barbus moth is peace-loving. This is a very mobile and schooling fish (it is desirable to have a flock of 6-7 individuals). Prefers to keep on average and in the upper layers of water. They calmly relate to the neighborhood with various types of aquarium fish, excluding only owners of wide and long fins, they like to “tear up” sedentary fish. At home, should be kept in a closed aquarium with a length of 80 cm, in which there should be aquarium plants located at the back wall and along the edges, various shelters (grottoes, snags), as well as free space for swimming. Lighting use is not bright and diffuse. It is necessary to place a powerful filter in the aquarium, the best is a biofilter and a good aerator. Every week in the aquarium you need to change about 30% of the water. Feed should be alive (daphnia, bloodworm, koretra, occasionally tubule), vegetable (scalded lettuce, spinach and dandelion, algae can be), as well as dry flaky feed.
Character Barbus long-loving peace. This is a very mobile and schooling fish (it is desirable to have a flock of 6-7 individuals). Prefers to keep on average and in the upper layers of water. They calmly relate to the neighborhood with various types of aquarium fish, excluding only owners of wide and long fins, they like to “tear up” sedentary fish. At home, should be kept in a closed aquarium with a length of 80 cm, in which there should be aquarium plants located at the back wall and along the edges, various shelters (grottoes, snags), as well as free space for swimming. Lighting is not bright and scattered, shifted to the front glass. Presence of aeration and filtration of water is desirable, as well as its weekly substitution up to 30% of the volume of the aquarium. Feed should be alive (daphnia, bloodworm, koretra, occasionally tubule), vegetable (scalded lettuce, spinach and dandelion, algae can be), as well as dry flaky feed.
For the maintenance of a pearl barbus, an aquarium that is not overloaded with decorations, is spacious, with a capacity of 150 liters or more. It is a mobile and peace-loving schooling fish. In the neighborhood, she needs to pick up the same peace-loving and calm types of aquarium fish. A flock of pearl barbs attracts attention with the cohesion and dynamism of the movements of the small group. It looks very profitable against a dark background. As additional decorations, you can use several koryag or large stones, as well as hard-leaved aquarium plants. Loves bright lighting and clear water. Aeration and powerful filtration are required, as well as regular substitution of up to a quarter of the total water volume in the aquarium. You can feed a pearl barbus with live, frozen or dry high-quality granulated or flaky feed. You must additionally enter into the diet of plant products.
The character of Barbus is green and peace-loving. This is a very mobile and gregarious fish. It prefers to stay in the middle and in the lower layers of water. Quietly refer to the neighborhood with various types of aquarium fish. The maintenance of the green barb requires no special skills. You need an aquarium of at least 50 liters planted with live aquarium plants, but do not forget about the need for free space for swimming. As the soil, it is desirable to use small pebbles of dark color. Aeration and filtration of water are desirable, as well as weekly water changes of up to 20% of the aquarium volume. Feed should be alive (daphnia, bloodworm, koretra, occasionally tubule), vegetable (scalded lettuce, spinach and dandelion, algae can be), as well as dry flaky feed.
Barbus Panda is a rather peaceful, actively swimming aquarium fish with a rather timid character. Barbus panda is contained in spacious closed aquariums, where there should be enough space for several pairs. When keeping a panda barbus in aquariums of a small volume, male attacks on females of this species are possible. However, despite such aggressive behavior of males, in general, it is a very peace-loving fish and gets on well with equal-sized moving neighbors in the aquarium. It is preferable to keep a panda barb in groups of 7 to 8 individuals, where the numerical advantage should be given to females. If you keep the fish alone, then the fish becomes inactive and fearful.
A flock of barbs swims in the lower and middle layers of the aquarium, sometimes making a small stop among the lush thickets of aquarium plants. Therefore, in aquariums where the panda barbus is kept must not only be enough space for swimming, but lush vegetation plants must be planted around the perimeter of the aquarium. It is advisable to cover the bottom of the aquarium with dark ground, and very importantly – with fine sand.
The water should be clean, saturated with oxygen, without mechanical suspensions and high concentrations of organic matter, so there should be powerful aeration and filtration (desirable use of a biofilter) of water in the aquarium. The light should be muffled and diffused; therefore, a few floating aquarium plants should be placed in the aquarium.
Strong lighting is a strong irritant for this type of barbus and the fish become fearful. The striped barbish appetite is excellent – it eats live food with pleasure (moth, daphnia, koretra, occasionally a strawberry), vegetable (algae, scalded spinach leaves, lettuce and dandelion), as well as high-quality dry flaky food.