Cherry Barb - Planted Tank Mates

Cherry Barb

2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-8 | Peaceful

Puntius titteya

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 3 – 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails

Notes

Cherry Barbs are actually peaceful compare to other barb species.  They grow up to 2″ in size and are great tank mates with general nano community fish.

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ImageCherry barb fish (Puntius titteya).Black harlequin rasbora fish (Trigonostigma heteromorpha)Black emperor tetra fish (Nematobrycon palmeri var. Amphiloxus Black).Lemon tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis).Ember tetra fish (Hyphessobrycon amandae).Turquoise rainbowfish (Melanotaenia lacustris).
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Description

2” | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-8 | Peaceful

1.5" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.2 | Peaceful

2" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.2-7.2 | Peaceful

2" | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1" | 6 or more | 5 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

4" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

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Puntius titteya

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails

Notes

Cherry Barbs are actually peaceful compare to other barb species.  They grow up to 2" in size and are great tank mates with general nano community fish.

Trigonostigma heteromorpha

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.2

dGH: 3 – 6

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina and Neocaridina Shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Nematobrycon palmeri var. amphiloxus black

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 73° – 81°

PH: 6.2 – 7.5

dGH: 3 – 6

dKH: 2 – 6

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otcinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Care

Black Emperor Tetras are relatively hardy fish. Keep in large groups to minimize male aggression.  They’re able to reach 2” in size, males having blue eyes and females green.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish.  Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Lemon Tetras have vibrant fins and a more flat, diamond shaped body.   They're very active swimmers, so a 20 gallon tank would be ideal for a group of 6 or more.  Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Hyphessobrycon amandae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle to Top

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.5

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 5 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Ember Tetras are very active and social beginner fish.  They schoal in large groups and can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions. Compare to Neon Tetras, they're smaller in comparison, approximately 1” max.  You’ll find them in almost every local fish store including commercial big box retailers.  You can keep a small community in a 5 gallon tank, but push for 10 or more to see their active behavior. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Melanotaenia lacustris

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus and even Dwarf Shrimp.

Notes

Also known as Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish or Blue Rainbowfish, Turquoise Rainbowfish are simlar Boesemani Rainbowfish and are peaceful middle-top dwellers with small mouths.  They do well in a community with many nano fish including cherry barbs.  Minimize plant and decoration density and aim for 48" long tank to give them ample swimming space.

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