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Cherry Barb

Old Price $2.79
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46220 Potomac Run Plaza
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product highlights

  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 2"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Schooling fish
  • Experience level: Beginner
  • Tank Setup: 10+ gallons
Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price below for this pet. Ask a store associate for details.

Great for beginner aquarists, barbs are hardy, lively schooling fish with a striking coloration. Barbs are playful, active swimmers and may harass or nip the fins of slow moving fish. If kept in schools of five or more they usually stick to themselves, and do not bother the other fish in the aquarium as often as only one or two barbs would.

Barbs eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. You will see your barbs swimming in the middle of your aquarium. To create a beautiful environment, be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

Things to remember

Staple diet
Choose a tropical flake or pellet food. Feed according to the directions on the package.

Small amounts of romaine lettuce, zucchini and peas are a good addition to the diet. Also try a prepared food made with spirulina (a nutritious type of algae). Remove uneaten vegetables after four hours.

Specialty foods
Vary their diet by including frozen or freeze-dried bloodworms, tubifex worms and other small worms, mosquito larvae and daphnia. Always remember to thaw frozen foods before feeding.

Frequent feedings
For optimum health, feed your barbs as much food as they will consume in 1-3 minutes, twice a day. You can alternate between regular staple diet feedings and 2-4 meals per week of a specialty food.

Start with a 20-gallon or larger, long aquarium. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.

Decorate their aquarium with rocks, driftwood and plants, but be sure to place them on the sides and back of the tank so they'll have enough space to swim in the center.

Fish compatibility
Barbs are healthiest and happiest in an aquarium with a large school for active swimming and games. They may become aggressive if kept in too small a group, or may become shy and withdrawn if kept alone.


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Cherry Barb
2.79 New Out Of Stock
Cherry Barb is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesom fish I got two males of these 4 weeks ago. They weren't that active that much but about 2 weeks ago (when my black molly had babies) they became more active. These fish, I would say are great for beginners. No, they did not eat any of the babies as their mouth was too small. I definetly recommend these fish but get at least 2 so the can keep each other company.
Date published: 2016-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cherry Barb Great Fish! This is great with communities and is not mean at all. It does not grow big and is peaceful. One of my favorite fish. Pros: Small, Cheap, peaceful Cons: None
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very playful and great little fish These cherry barbs are awesome little fish. They are more active and energetic than other little fish like neon tetras. They are also very peaceful and will dig up your substrate and do light algae cleanup. My Favorite fish at the moment.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vrey hardy fish and so cute.
Date published: 2013-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fish! They make a great addition to your aquarium, although it says not to mix with semi aggressive fish, they get along fine with my other barbs, so as long as you have enough tiger barbs (6 or more) you should be fine(:
Date published: 2013-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fish ! Good for all types of aquariums! I love these fish ! Great colors, swim all around and schools together nicely but not like most tetras do. They get along with all my fish and they are a great addition to any aquarium!
Date published: 2013-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great fish Great colours and very unique. I recmomend this fish for starters! very active and fun to look at.
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome fish I bought 3 a month ago and I just loved them. They are active swimmers and are a very nice red. I just bought 4 more today lol. They are very nice fish!
Date published: 2010-07-02
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