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|Are cherry barbs normally agressive?|
She darted toward the male's tale and nipped it. Which led to him nipping her back and so on. The guppy was at least twice her size. The neon was, roughly, the same size as her.
Are cherry barbs normally this aggressive? The male cherry has been no problem whatsoever. He's been swimming all over the tank exploring amongst the other fish, guppies, neons, cories, and the troublesome female cherry.
|Posted 05-Sep-2008 14:51|
Hello Rookie !!
Seems that female is a bit of rough-neck, but not really all that surprising. Compared to their cousin, the tiger barb, cherries are usually fairly peaceful. What I would suggest, if your tank can handle the load, get a few more cherries ,they as like the neons, are a schooling fish best kept in numbers of 6 or more, that usually is enough to diffuse any real problems with aggression between the species and within the community its self.
If that many fins are getting nipped, keep a close eye out for secondary bacterial or fungal infections.
good luck !!
|Posted 05-Sep-2008 17:23|
I would like to get at least three more, since the two I have are often lost in the jungle of vegation and large ornaments that I have in my tank, so I don't see them often. Probably another male and two females. But not if cherry barbs are solitary and only like to be house in small numbers.. that's the reason I only got a pair. I'll wait until I get other comments from other people here. It's not that I don't trust what you have to say, it's just that I'd prefer other people's opinions as well.
|Posted 05-Sep-2008 18:56|
They can be kept in pairs, trios, or schools. Mine seem to do better in schools, the females kept picking on my lone male, so I got 2 more males and they get along fine. They are always colored up and look stunning in a school.
|Posted 05-Sep-2008 23:21|
Alright! Thanks truestar!! So I'll probably get another male and two more females next time I go to the LFS where I got them. Which will probably be next week. I'm already really liking the pair I have. I've only had them for a day and half or so. They are confident little souls, unfraid to go after other fish more than twice their size. Guess what? at feeding time, this morning, the same guppy that the female fought stole a piece of flake that the female was swimming madly after and she just turned and darted after another sinking flake nearby.
|Posted 06-Sep-2008 00:43|
I never had a problem when I kept them in a pair. But every fishes attitude is different. I would say if you have the room get a male to female ratio of 1:2. But thats just me
|Posted 09-Sep-2008 18:47|
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I had some a while ago with Cardinal Tetras and there was never a problem. That does not mean that they are all passive there is always one unpredictable fish.
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|Posted 10-Sep-2008 08:38|
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