Barb Fish Species - Cyprinids and Freshwater Sharks
Updated September 23, 2018
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
There are over 2000 identified species of the Cyprinidae fish family (the barb fish species) and the cyprinids are probably the largest group of fishes in the wild.
The water requirements varies from species to species with some such as the Goldfish and the White Cloud Mountain Minnow doing well in sub-tropical water temperatures. Some of these fishes get very large, such as the Tinfoil Barb and the Bala Shark. Others, like the Harlequin Rasbora and the Zebra Danio, stay on the small side.
Some can make good commnunity tank mates whereas others may not be the best choice in a community tank setup. Some that you should think twice before adding to your community aquarium would be the Red Tail Shark and the Tiger Barb. The Rainbow Shark can sometimes be very territorial as well. The "freshwater" sharks are listed here.
Gets big and likes to be in schools making optimal care conditions difficult in the home aquarium.
They are very peaceful, and need to be kept in a school of at least 6. They are relatively uncommon in the aquarium trade.
Males turn cherry red and these make excellent fish for beginning freshwater aquarium fish tank keepers.
This species is rather unusual in the Aquatic Trade. It can be exceedingly shy when introduced to the Aquarium, so it is important to give it ample plant cover and lots of caves.
Drape Fin Barb
This peaceful schooling species can be quite shy, making it largely unsuitable for communities of big boisterous fish.
These popular rasboras look a lot like the slightly larger Harlequin Rasbora, having a bit more red on the body.
Large, hardy and active are three of the first words used by aquarists to describe the Filament Barb.
The Glofish were genetically modified with the purpose to detect environmental pollution. Scientists were able to inject a fluorescent protein gene (from marine organisms) into the zebra danio embryos to create the glofish.
A great addition to a community without any fish large enough to eat it.
Another barb that is an excellent choice for newbies to the freshwater hobby.
The most popular fish of all time? Our old friend the goldfish.
Looks fantastic in a heavily planted and kept in schools.
This is a pond fish and not suitable for most home aquariums unless you're wintering your koi indoors.
A beautiful barb that is quite colorful. Not very common at the local fish store.
Best kept as a single due to aggression with members of the same species.
Red Tailed Rasbora
As with all rasboras, they enjoy the company of at least 5 fish of their own species.
Red Tail Shark
Another "freshwater shark" that is very territorial and will not do well with other red tails.
Also known as the Red Barb, this fish should bring lots of activity to a tank.
Rosy Red Minnow
If being used as a feeder, they'll need to be quarantined, and medicated so that it will not pass on disease to your larger fish. It is best to breed your own rosy reds if you plan on using them as feeders.
Males have a blue and red body, females are all silver. Females aren’t always imported, as they are not as colorful as males.
Scissor Tail Rasbora
Named for the unique motion of it's caudal fin that moves like scissors.
The exotic looking Snakeskin barb is quite hard to find in Fish Shops, but is much sought after by aquarists.
One of the larger Barbs, the Striped Barb makes an excellent choice for a larger community aquarium due to it's peaceful nature.
A notorious fin nipper that doesn't do all that well in community tanks.
Likes to be in schools but gets too big for most freshwater tanks. The Tinfoil Barb pictured is a juvenile.
Can tolerate colder water temperatures and can be very active and easy to breed.
Another very popular freshwater fish that used to be used to cycle new tanks. We don't do that anymore, right?