Barb Species > Quick Stats
Nearly all Barbs are omnivorous and will take most foods.
The barbs can be induced to spawn under aquarium conditions. They scatter their eggs in fine-leaved plants.
75 degrees a mid-range pH of 6.5 to 7.5 is perfect.
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Most barbs are peaceful fish that mix well with other species, however, a few types are prone to being nippy (eg Tiger Barbs, Larger Barbs). Keep in same-species schools. Compatible with most rainbowfish, danios, and gouramis. Larger barbs can be compatible with larger tetras and less aggressive cichlids. Avoid housing with smaller, slower fish.
Barb Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Barbs Q/A
- Barbs are hardy and active schooling fish. These schooling fish can become aggressive if kept singly or in pairs.
- Most do well in a community aquarium and they seem unfazed and undeterred in their behavior by the size of the tank.
- Each barb has its own personality. Some get along with any fish.
- Tinfoil Barbs can be the exception to rules. They grow big and can be sensitive to water changes.
- The Cherry Barb seems to be the most delicate of the commonly available species.
- Long-finned hybrids and short-finned varieties of some Barb species do not survive a new "unconditioned" tank
- Tiger Barbs may nip at the fins of other fishes. They are possibly too boisterous for the smaller community set-up.
- Several readily available species of Barbs are tolerant of temperatures into the mid sixties, or even lower. This is not recommended by possible.
Barb Species: DO'S - Barbs Q/A
- Barbs are definitely shoal fishes, Keep 6 or more of the same species.
- Be careful of Tinfoil Barbs they can get big.
- Seperate the adults from young. The parents will promptly eat the eggs, however, and normally some provision must be made to prevent this from happening.
Barb Species: DONT'S - Barbs Q/A
- DO NOT PLACE Tiger Barbs with Angelfish. This is a nightmare combination.
Barb Common Species Care Sheet - (PETCO.com)
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