Question Guidance re 3 males to 1 female cherry barb ratio

SueN

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Due to losing 2 female cherry barbs in QT, I now have 2 males in QT and one female and one male in the main tank. I'm a bit concerned regarding the situation once (if) the males make it through QT and what would happen to the poor lone female available to them. Do I keep them in QT, get more females in to another QT tank and then introduce at the same time? (I am getting really frustrated with the cherry barbs, although I love them... may have to find another supplier)

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HI Sue

I would put the males in the main tank when the time comes and move the female to the QT. Then, you can go get a few more females and when they are through quarantine, add them all to the main tank.

I keep all my barbs close to an even split, with an extra female or two.
 
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HI Jaysee,

Thanks for the reply... it does confirm my suspicion that the lone lady among 3 males wouldn't be a good idea. I'm a little confused as to why I'd move the female out and the two males in....putting her through two moves? Is there a specific reason to do it this way? I do have another cycled QT tank that will free up in about another week that I could put females in, leaving the two boys currently in QT in their current tank and then moving everybody in together when the time comes.

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The reason I suggested that was in order to spare the female from the stress of the pursuit of 3 males. moving the female twice isn't a big deal imo.
 

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