Where to buy male cherry barbs?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by amdpayne, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    I checked 4 different pet/fish stores yesterday and NONE had cherry barbs!! One place said they had some females, but I didn't even see those. Does anyone know why they're so rare/where I can get some? I'm about to call Petco. :/

  2. TJBenderWell Known MemberMember

    You might have a hard time finding someplace that specifically stocks female cherry barbs, and certainly you'll have a hard time finding a Petco where the "aquatics specialist" could sex a cherry barb.

    In general, I suspect the reason they're harder to find is that they don't have the same bright, vibrant coloration as the males. In the world of aquatics, pretty wins.

  3. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    That's kinda weird that you can't find males. My LFS has females and males all the time. ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1406655628.761852.jpg
    The male is the top one
    The female is the bottom one

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  4. klj7678Valued MemberMember

    If you wanna go the online route, then alphaprobreeders.com has 3 for 4.99 plus shipping of course. They even have the veiltail version.
  5. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    Looking for males. Got some from Petco tonight. All looked healthy; when they got home, two are passing away right now. I added Melafix to the whole tank just in case (so they don't spread disease or maybe to make them heartier). 6 going down to 4 almost undoubtedly by tomorrow morning. Water temp is 73-76F-ish, maybe 78F now, nitrite 0, ammonia 0, nitrate roughly 3ppm at most (hard to distinguish color). Drip acclimated them for about 2 hrs; maybe didn't add enough tank water over the duration though? Baffled. Thought they were stronger than this!! I had better luck with my neons, jeez... Any thoughts on what's going on? :/ There was 1 dead one in the tank at Petco. Can't see any visible disease on them. It's hard to buy fish if you don't buy from tanks that might have 1 dead one already in them... I feel like disease or dead fish in tanks are inevitable and you'd never be able to buy fish if you always avoided tanks with dead ones in them. :/ Dunno what to do or think. I wanted barbs because they're said to be pretty sturdy. I'm seeing maybe they're not. This is unreal. I'd love to buy online, but I'm not paying $30 for overnight shipping for a couple of fish that will probably die soon anyway, lol.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2014
  6. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    That seems kinda weird. Perhaps the fish you bought were already sick. You should go back to petco to get a refund.

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  7. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    Probably were. :/ Bluh. Hopefully I can heal them. Petco is an hour away, and they were only a dollar each, anyway. ;) might have to go get more, though... or maybe not, if they're sick in that tank. :(
  8. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Good luck. The same thing happened to me. Some black neon tetras were on sale at my LFS for 1 dollar each. I ended up buying a school of them, little did I notice some of them had ich and infected my whole tank. It was a disaster I only got to save a few of my fish.

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  9. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    Oh man, I'm sorry to hear that! I'm hoping I can retain a few...

    One more passed away last night/today sometime, but the remaining 4 look healthy. 2 are outgoing, and 2 like to hide a LOT. A little worried, but I heard they're shy and like to hide in plants.
  10. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah it was a disaster. I've had cherry barbs before and they are a little shy at first but when they get used to the tank they will be more active.

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  11. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    Good to know! Thank you!! :) Can't wait to have and maintain healthy ones... should I get more? I only have 4 now because 2 passed away.
  12. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    If the barbs you have right now are doing fine, you can get more. Maybe 2 more would Be good. Once you that the fish are all healthy and are doing okay you can add more. I wouldn't add a lot of them at the same time because some might get sick or can die. I would add little by little lets say maybe 1 or 2 a week. Keep us updated when you get more

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  13. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    The 4 I have are doing well, I think. Still a bit shy, and I don't know if I've seen them all eating, but I'm sure they do when I'm not around. I'll try to get 6 more next week (to allow for some to pass away (which hopefully they won't)), quarantine them, and introduce them little by little once they're qt'd. Don't want to make a 2 hr round trip for naught!
  14. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    It's okay for you to get them all at once since your pet store is 2 hours away. So you don't have to keep making long trips. My closest pet store is 5 minutes away so when I bought my fish I added them little by little since the store is really close I went like every few days. It's okay for your barbs to be a little shy, they usually take a few days to get comfortable. Mine took about 3-4 days for them to be comfortable and be active.

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  15. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    Sounds good; thanks! I might try to even get 8 or so. I've got a 20 gal, so if 6-8 survive, plus the original 4, that'd be a nice number to have in the tank, I think. No other fish in there, so plenty of room.

    But what do you think about platys? I've considered getting 3 of the red wag ones. Would they get along with the barbs if I had a proper barb school so they don't feel intimidated by the large platys? Platys wouldn't pick on them, right?
  16. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I have platies myself and I don't think they would pick at your barbs since they are really peaceful. Your Barbs will do fine with platies. They won't pick at them. Cherry barbs are really different compared to tiger barbs. I've kept them both and cherry barbs are really peaceful compared to the tiger barbs. To me cherry barbs are basically like neon tetras, they don't pick at anybody and mind their own business.

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  17. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    Excellent. :) Very good to know; thanks! Do you think 3 platys and 8-10 cherry barbs would be ok in a 20 gal?
  18. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Yes I think they will be fine. Are you thinking of getting all male platys? I have a pair a male and a female and they have bred twice. I kept some fry so there's 5 little 3 month old fry in my tank. I'm just wondering because if you get male and females they're most likely going to breed.

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  19. amdpayneValued MemberMember

    Probably all males.

    What will you do with the fry? I've always been curious about breeding fish and if it is fun/a good idea/hard to do/what I'd do with them, lol.
  20. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    I just let them do their thing. I just let the mom have all the babies in the main tank. I don't transfer the mom To a different tank because I will have a lot of fry and a over populated tank. Some of the fry I had got eaten so about 6 or 7 survived. I had many plants in my tank so they had enough hiding places from their parents and other fish. Usually they fry will food that falls to the bottom of the tank. It's pretty easy to take care of them. Like I said, if you don't want a whole bunch of fry or an overpopulated tank just let the mom have the fry in the tank . Some of the fry will get eaten so it will lower the population of the fry. Right now I have a few fry in the main tank with their parents. It's pretty cool raising fry because you get to see them grow.

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