How Many Cherry Barbs In A 29 Gallon Tank?

Cherry Barb with Deep Green Background and Plants

In a 29-gallon tank, there should be about 10 to 12 cherry barbs, though the ideal number depends on the size of the cherries, and whether there are other fish in the tank. Cherry barbs (puntius titteya) are schooling fish and must be kept in groups of at least 6 individuals (or more).  Knowing how … Read more

How Many Cherry Barbs In A 20 Gallon Tank?

Group of Cherry Barbs in Front of Plants

You can keep 4-10 cherry barbs in a 20-gallon tank, and the number will vary due to whether you have other fish species in the tank. Cherry barbs can sometimes get territorial and aggressive if they don’t have enough space, so it is a good idea to ensure that they are not overcrowded. We will … Read more

How Many Cherry Barbs In A 10 Gallon Tank?

Cherry Barb with Large Plant Background

In a 10-gallon tank, you should keep at most five cherry barbs. A simple guideline to use when determining how many cherry barbs you can keep is the 1:2 ratio. The 1:2 ratio means one cherry barb requires 2 gallons of water. However, the most widely recommended tank size for cherry barbs is 25 to … Read more

How Many Cherry Barbs In A 5 Gallon Tank?

Cherry Barb with Darker Plants

A five-gallon fish tank is too small for cherry barbs. Cherry barbs form loose schools in nature, and the minimum recommended school size for fish in captivity is six.  Keeping cherry barbs in a small tank is a bad idea. They are very active fish and need space to move around. They prefer heavily planted … Read more

How Many Cherry Barbs Should Be Kept Together?

Three Cherry Barbs with Plants and Black

Cherry barbs are best kept in schools of at least five to six individuals; however, larger schools are ideal. Cherry barbs, like other barb species, are social fish. Living in schools provides them with protection from larger fish in community tanks and fosters a sense of safety and community.  Cherry barbs make fantastic beginner tropical … Read more

How Much Do Cherry Barbs Cost?

School of Cherry Barbs with Plants

Prices on cherry barbs vary between $3 and $6, depending on availability. Cherry barbs are by no means expensive to purchase or keep. Their price, hardiness, and breeding frequency make them excellent fish for budget-conscious fish keepers. As far as cherry barb prices are concerned, the most expensive cherry barb is a dead cherry barb. … Read more

What Do Cherry Barbs Eat?

Cherry Barb Eating from Gravel

Cherry barbs (Puntius titteya) are omnivores that will eat a standard tropical flake diet. Flakes should be supplemented with treats such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and mosquito larvae.  In the wild, cherry barbs feed on various foods, such as decomposing detritus, dipterans, diatoms, green algae, and other animal matter. Therefore, a cherry barb’s natural diet … Read more

How Do Cherry Barbs Breed?

Cherry Barb with Deep Green Background and Plants

Cherry Barbs are egg-scattering, free-spawning fish. Under optimal breeding conditions, the male will swim behind the female, chasing away any competition. The female and male come together and swim side by side while simultaneously releasing eggs and milt (sperm). Cherry barbs are colorful little fish that can entertain your tank with their bright scales and … Read more

Do Cherry Barbs Need A Heater?

School of Cherry Barbs with Plants

Cherry barbs do not necessarily need a heater, depending on the natural temperature of the tank water and whether this remains stable. Cherry barbs are robust fish that can adapt to a range of water temperatures; however, this should be kept at all times at 73-82⁰F (23-27⁰C).  Cherry barbs are beautiful, flashy little fish. They … Read more

Do Cherry Barbs Need A Filter?

Group of Cherry Barbs in Front of Plants

Cherry barbs do need a filter in the aquarium. The sponge filter system is the recommended way to safely filter waste and other debris from the water while using a gentle sucking action, thus not disturbing the slow-flowing habitation of the cherry barbs. Gentle sponge filtration is good for cherry barbs, as a more robust … Read more