Cherry Barb Colors

Discussion in 'Cherry Barbs' started by Bilalscape12, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. Bilalscape12New MemberMember

    When I went to my LFS they had a few cherry barbs. But I was confused to why some cherry barbs were a nice dark red and others had a yellowish stripe on the body. So my question is why do they have diffenernt colors ranging from dark red to very bright colors?
  2. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to FishLore!

    The answer to your question is quite simple, really. The fish that were dark red are called Red Cherry Barb and the ones with the yellow stripe are called Cherry Barb.

  3. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Females are also noticably lighter in color and males getter darker red during breeding.

  4. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

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  5. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    I believe the male cherry barbs are the dark red colored ones and the female ones are the light colored ones.

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  6. GeoffWell Known MemberMember

    I second that.
  7. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    Male cherry barbs are a brilliant red, while the females have more of a golden brown color. My suggestion is to make sure you get two females or more for every male.
  8. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Welcome to fishlore!
    Agreed with AB and LH.
  9. Bilalscape12New MemberMember

    Thanks for all the help guys :)
  10. alinkWell Known MemberMember

    Wow, I always thought they were just variations of the Cherry Barb, had no idea one was male and one was female. I had seem them in my LFS tanks labeled red cherry and just regular cherry. Interesting!
  11. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    I would suggest buying Cherries in groups of six or more, and keep the sex ratio even. Male Cherries are not that aggressive toward females, contrary to popular belief. They would rather display at the other males, to see who is most "macho".

    The females have the tan body with the stripe, males are red. I have seen some super red strains where the male's red never fades out.
  12. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Am i wrong in saying that this is actually pretty uncommon for most members of the barb family? Ithink most are moresimilar.

    Yeah, we seem tobe getting those "super red" strains more often, notsure what i think about it.
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  13. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    Actually, for most of the smaller barbs this is the more common behavior. A lot of sources generalize barbs based on the behavior of Tiger Barbs, which can be quite nasty. (this problem dates back even before I started keeping fish.)Tigers are, in fact, one of the exceptions, and most barbs are very non-aggressive. Of the 7 or 8 barb species I've had spawn, only the tiger male was mean toward the female. I never liked them, anyway.
  14. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Yeah, that's what I've heard, tiger barbs give the barb group a bad name.
  15. PlecomakerWell Known MemberMember

    Not what i meant i was talking about dimorpic colo, lol,not agrresion. :)
  16. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    Oh, duh. Yeah, most Barbs are not that strongly dimorphic except during breeding, and some not even then.
  17. alirayFishlore VIPMember

    Thank you for this post. Thanks to you I had bought 4 males two weeks ago and was going back and forth between 4 more males or 4 females. Because of this post all my boys got a girlfriend yesterday. Thanks for posting the info, and the boys really thank you. :;hi1Alison
  18. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    In my experience with my cherry barbs they show little to no aggression towards each other even if you have all males. I've seen almost no aggression and lots of great colors and displays in my all male population. The occasional chase but really either way, they are a great species of fish.

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