Types of Barbs
There are numerous different species of barbs available for your aquarium, but some of the most popular are as follows:
- Rosy Barbs -These medium sized red and gold fish are happiest in shoals, with two females to each male. They are more likely to be aggressive if kept in smaller numbers.
- Tiger Barbs -These handsome stripy silver fish are also available in a green variety. They're highly active and like to play within their shoals.
- Panda Barbs -Also known as striped barbs, these attractive black and silver fish are shy and peaceful by nature. They need to be with others of their own kind but also interact amicably with other fish.
- Cherry Barbs -These slender little fish get their name because of the colour assumed by males during spawning. They tend to be shy. 'Albino' varieties with golden colouration are also available.
- Denison Barbs -Sometimes mistakenly called sharks, these bright, angular fish are peaceful and get on well in community tanks. Give them plenty of vegetables and beware of their fondness for jumping.
- Two Spot Barbs -Among the smallest barb species, these delightful little fish are happiest in a large shoal with two females to every one male.
Breeding BarbsMost species of barb, including those listed above, are fairly easy to breed in captivity. To do it successfully you'll need to set up a separate spawning tank for one male and one or two females (depending on the species and the way your fish bond - watch them closely beforehand to determine their preferences).
In all species of barb the males are smaller and slimmer than the females. Make sure your spawning tank has very clean water (with no build-up of ammonia) and is full of fine-leafed plants.
When spawning occurs, the eggs will stick to these. You should remove the parents from the tank immediately afterwards so that they don't eat the eggs.