Surprise baby cherry barb in quarantine tank over a month after the adults were removed

Matulin

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Well I discovered a lone baby cherry barb in my quarantine tank, despite the adult cherry barbs not having been in the quarantine tank for a little over a month now:

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As far as I can tell, I only have one; but it's astonishing to me how it could have survived so long. It has survived the following.
  • According to what I've read, cherry barb fry need food specifically for fry. I never knew the tank had fry, so the only food I added to the tank was flake food intended for the adults.
  • After putting the cherry barbs in the main tank and before adding the next fish, I added pure ammonia to the quarantine tank and waited for ammonia and nitrites to drop to zero to confirm it was still properly cycled. I can't believe any fish could have survived this.
  • I then added three pearl gourami to the quarantine tank. They were in there for three and a half weeks, until I added them to my main tank a few weeks ago. Somehow this cherry barb was neither eaten by the adult cherry barbs before I removed them, nor by the pearl gourami that were in with them for almost a month. The only cover in the tank was a few plastic plants, as well as a few strands of Myriophyllum red stem (which I suppose the adults must have laid the eggs on originally).
  • After adding the pearl gourami to the main tank, I haven't been feeding, heating, or lighting the quarantine tank. It's only been a few days, but the temperature of the quarantine tank would have dropped to the room temperature, which would have been about 22-23 degrees (about 71-73 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • To prepare the quarantine tank for new fish today, I stirred up the sand to kick up all the gunk into the water and changed 75% of the water. I had no idea any fish were in the quarantine tank, so I didn't check the water I siphoned out before pouring it down the sink. I have no idea if there were any baby cherry barbs in the water I threw out.
I only saw this guy for the first time today as I was acclimising my new kuhli loaches to the quarantine tank. It was actually quite active, swimming up and down the front of the tank. I can only guess that it only became brave enough to swim in the open once the other fish were no longer in the tank, which would explain why I never noticed it. I still don't know if there are more, and how many siblings it had.

I previously fed the adult cherry barbs and the pearl gourami algae flakes, so I can only assume that's what it's been eating until now. The fish I added today are kuhli loaches, which don't pose any threat to it. It should be two months old by the kuhlis have finished their quarantine. If what I've read on the internet is correct, I should be able to add it to the main tank at that age. In the meantime I'll look for surviving siblings.
 

Betta'sAnonymous

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Might be a line to try and breed! Obviously handles adversity quite well.
 
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Matulin

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Betta'sAnonymous said:
Might be a line to try and breed! Obviously handles adversity quite well.
That's something to think about, though I wouldn't attempt it until my main tank is fully stocked.

I've been thinking - I know cherry barbs are a social species. As far as I can tell I only have one baby cherry bar. Will there be any negative consequences if it's not socialised early?
 

SanDiegoRedneck

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Matulin said:
That's something to think about, though I wouldn't attempt it until my main tank is fully stocked.

I've been thinking - I know cherry barbs are a social species. As far as I can tell I only have one baby cherry bar. Will there be any negative consequences if it's not socialised early?
I had exactly same thing happen when I moved java moss to shrimp tank tank that had cherry barbs. 1 loan fry. I let grow up alone until big enough not to fit in any of my community fishes mouth , then put in 55gal community tank recently. She spent first few weeks down low in plants and now starting to venture toward the school of barbs.

Ps we never name fish but she is named sweet pea. She earned a name
 
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Matulin

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SanDiegoRedneck said:
I had exactly same thing happen when I moved java moss to shrimp tank tank that had cherry barbs. 1 loan fry. I let grow up alone until big enough not to fit in any of my community fishes mouth , then put in 55gal community tank recently. She spent first few weeks down low in plants and now starting to venture toward the school of barbs.

Ps we never name fish but she is named sweet pea. She earned a name
Thanks, that's good to know.

I think I'll only add this one to the main tank if it's a female. Right now I have 6 males and 9 female adults, and the females mostly school together in the plants, since any that strays off will usually get chased by multiple males. I would like to push the female:male ratio closer to 2:1. If it's a male, I'll see if I can trade it in for an adult female (and probably get a few more females at the same time) at my LFS.
 
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Matulin

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This guy has grown a bit now, and now looks just like a mini version of the female adults.

I found four new cherry barb fry in my main tank today. They're not much smaller than the one the one in my quarantine tank, so I suspect their eggs were laid not long after I put the cherry barbs in the main tank.
 
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