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Thread: Cherry barbs

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    I have been keeping Cherry barbs for quite a few months now and they are always darting around and feeding well, until the last few days or so. They are lethargic, just hanging, and not eating. The males are worse than the females. Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrate 40+ (tad higher than tap water) and Ph 8.2 ish (hard to tell with the API Colour Chart. Please has anyone any idea what could be wrong? All other fish are behaving normally. Thank you.

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    Your trAtes are high, a few questions:

    How long has the tank been set up? Is it planted? How often do you perform water changes? What size is the tank, and how much water do you change? What water conditioner do you use? How many barbs do you have, and what other fish are in the tank?
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    Might want to lower the pH. Shouldn't be higher than 8.0 or lower than 6.0. Your nitrates are indeed too high. I would like to know what size tank you have and other fish included. I would recommend a water change with water that has been dechlorinated and a lower pH. Barbs tend to be fin nippers. I would like to know the type of filter you have. I would also like to know how many barbs you have.

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