20 Gallon Tank Existing Barbs- Unhealthy?

FeederGuppies
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I have had 3 cherry barbs (2 females, 1 male) in a cycled 20 gallon tank since January 30th. As far as I can tell (these are my first barbs) they act normal. They eat, swim normally, and have a pretty good coloring.
However, today I got some new cherry barbs, and I noticed that they look slightly different than my original barbs.

The old barbs when I first got them.

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The old barbs today. I have not noticed anything off about my male, only the females.

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The new barbs.

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Is this something I should be worried about or is it actually normal?
Edit: I found some pictures of normal, healthy cherry barbs online with the same thing. I guess it’s nothing?

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Shambhalaubie
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FeederGuppies said:
I have had 3 cherry barbs (2 females, 1 male) in a cycled 20 gallon tank since January 30th. As far as I can tell (these are my first barbs) they act normal. They eat, swim normally, and have a pretty good coloring.
However, today I got some new cherry barbs, and I noticed that they look slightly different than my original barbs.

The old barbs when I first got them.

7FFEEFF1-BC19-45FF-816D-3F5C1EFEB7D3.jpeg

C581AE4E-FE06-479D-A3B5-C94D795E531D.jpeg

40601ADD-2F12-4A64-9637-D9F7049FC04C.jpeg

1448863D-D27F-4D8B-AED8-2F53064BA144.jpeg

91643979-878B-4753-A9ED-36865D5FCEFF.jpeg

1B8417D0-373F-4263-AD8A-155017479739.jpeg

85376353-8C36-4932-9EF5-51C798F9528F.jpeg


The old barbs today. I have not noticed anything off about my male, only the females.

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89EBCC7A-AF1E-46F6-8CCD-8A22865FE859.jpeg

934493CF-F5CA-4C15-9950-5DADB69DB90F.jpeg

The new barbs.

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7E8EB010-23F5-45FE-8102-2BF8A4D324BC.jpeg



Is this something I should be worried about or is it actually normal?
Edit: I found some pictures of normal, healthy cherry barbs online with the same thing. I guess it’s nothing?

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My friend has a school of Cherry Barbs as well, and don't worry. Male Cherry Barbs are more colorful than the females. Males are usually the expected vibrant red, and females are a bit paler. The one thing you'll notice with their coloration that stands out is the dark line that runs down the middle of their sides (from mouth to caudal fin). Hope this helps alleviate your concerns! I don't see white spots like ick, or something like fin rot or anything from your photos, so I think you are in the clear.
 
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FeederGuppies
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Shambhalaubie said:
My friend has a school of Cherry Barbs as well, and don't worry. Male Cherry Barbs are more colorful than the females. Males are usually the expected vibrant red, and females are a bit paler. The one thing you'll notice with their coloration that stands out is the dark line that runs down the middle of their sides (from mouth to caudal fin). Hope this helps alleviate your concerns! I don't see white spots like ick, or something like fin rot or anything from your photos, so I think you are in the clear.
Thanks for the help! I was referring to the orangish spot near the analfin, though it’s hard to see in the pictures. I circled it in the first picture. Though, since I’ve seen several healthy barbs on the internet with the same thing, and all of mine are acting normal, I don’t think I have anything to worry about.
 
marmaaa
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FeederGuppies said:
Thanks for the help! I was referring to the orangish spot near the analfin, though it’s hard to see in the pictures. I circled it in the first picture. Though, since I’ve seen several healthy barbs on the internet with the same thing, and all of mine are acting normal, I don’t think I have anything to worry about.
My female barbs in my 20g also have it too, never thought of it much lol
 
Deku-Cory
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One of my females has it too. I assumed it was just a pigment thing. She's still doing just fine after having her for a year so it appears to be normal.
 

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