Cherry Barb Colors

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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?
 

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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.
 

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

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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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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.
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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

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

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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.
Not what i meant i was talking about dimorpic colo, lol,not agrresion.
 

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

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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.
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. Alison
 

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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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