Breeding Rosy Barbs

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So I have 5 rosy barbs in my tank currently, and love their personalities and bright colors. I've never bred any fish before. I have had a 10 gallon tank set up for awhile in case any of my fish were sick, but haven't used it yet. Would that be suitable? I've seen people say you need a mossy plant to kind of cover the top. Would it work if I just threw in a bunch of plants in to give them a place to hide? Do I need a lot on them still or just keep it dark for them? Any answers would help. Thank you all!
 

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I would advise that you start with something a bit more simple, such as livebearers. But if you are set on breeding your rosy barbs, I'm not the best person to ask; I've never bred them. As far as I do know, though...

- Make sure you've done LOTS of research
- Yes the 10 gallon should be sufficient for spawning and hatching, but you should get something bigger for growing fry. Will you take the parents out after spawning, or the eggs?
- The mossy plant to cover the top shouldn't be absolutely necessary, but you should have bushy plants for spawning
- Lighting depends on where you are in the process
- And ask yourself: What is your PH? Is it in a good range for breeding barbs? What will you do with the fish when they've grown up? What will you feed the fry? Do you have fish that seem interested in each other?

Good luck, and please do update us on any progress!
 
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Thank you for the answer!

I'm currently doing lots of research on what to feed, when to feed in their life cycle, and everything with lighting.
With rosy barb fry, they like their PH 6.5-7.5, mine if 7.4 (so just there).
Temperature is just right, they like an airstone and a dimmed light, which I have both of those.
I do plan on moving the adults after the fry eggs have hatched, and when they are more mature, I plan to move them to my empty 37 gallon, then to my 65 gallon with the rest of my barbs when they are ready.
I do have some live plants and a few artificial in there right now, and hoping that is good for them!
Thanks for the encouragement, and will keep you updated on anything that happens!
 

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Awesome! It looks like you've been doing your research, and I can't wait to hear how everything's going. Sorry I can't be of more help.
 
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No luck the first night. They seems okay at first but, when I left them in overnight they seemed stressed so I removed them. I have another male and another female, will try a new pair tonight and see how it goes!
 

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Too bad, are there any males that seem especially interested in a female? And I would be stressed, too, being moved out of my home and away from my friends all of a sudden. It may be worth it to just leave them alone in the new tank for a bit longer and let them settle down.
 
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Yeah, I saw on a video that it was best to just keep them in there for a little. But today I talked to a guy at my LFS, and he said to leave them in here for a week or so. I'm gonna try again soon and keep a better eye on the males to see which ones they're after.
 

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Sweet, update us on whether you have a successful spawn!
 

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I'm unsure if this was rosy barbs or cherry. But the males usually get brighter when they are closer to wanting to mate.
 
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Kamaile said:
Sweet, update us on whether you have a successful spawn!
Will do! I'm gonna try again here soon and try to get more plants to cover the tank first!

Lunnietic said:
I'm unsure if this was rosy barbs or cherry. But the males usually get brighter when they are closer to wanting to mate.
That's good to know! I haven't heard that about rosy barbs, but I'll try looking and see what I can find. Thank you!
 

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