Breeding Cherry Barbs
 Blackcap Gramma – Gramma melacara

Breeding Cherry Barbs

Background Information;
Cherry Barbs are a small, colourful and very peaceful addition to any community tank. They spawn very easily by will scattering the eggs everywhere. They do not raise their fry and will eat the eggs and fry.

Equipment Needed;
5-10g Aquarium
Air Pump
Sponge Filter
Plastic Canvas (Fit to divide Aquarium)
2-3 Jars
Air Stone
Lots of Java Moss
Brine Shrimp Eggs
Adult Brine Shrimp
Cherry Barbs, more is better to pick best ones.
Turkey Bastor
Aquarium Salt
Optional; Black Background, Magnifying Glass.

Before you start, you must be prepared to do;

female Cherry barb
3-5 Small Feedings a day.
Daily 50% Water Changes.
A home for all the Fry once they have grown up.

Getting Ready.

1. Cycle your Sponge Filter in your Cherry Barbs established tank for one month in advance.
2. Fill your 5-10g Aquarium with water from your Cherry Barbs tank, add Sponge Filter, Heater (Set same as Cherry Barbs Tank) and Plastic Canvas down the middle leaving no gaps and dividing aquarium into two.

Selecting your Fish.

Choose 2-4 Adult fish of mixed Sexes.
Select the Males that have the brightest Red/Pink colour.
Select the fattest Females.
Add your Cherry Barbs to the Tank, Females one side, Males the other.

You will need to Condition your Cherry Barbs for 1-2 Weeks feeding them regularly on Adult Brine Shrimp and Frozen Bloodworms. As well as daily 50% Water Changes.

Culturing your Fry Food. (Infusoria)
2-3 Days before you release your Cherry Barbs together you will need to start a culture of food for your fry.
Fill 2 Jars with an established Aquariums water or De-chlorinated Tap Water.
Add a dried lettuce Leaf to each Jar and leave in a Sunny Window.

The Spawn.
Late in the evening, Turn all the lights out, remove the divider and add as much Java moss you have.
Don’t forget to check the females Size! Now sleep on it.

The Next Day.
When you wake up turn the Lights on, check the females size to see if they have spawned. If they are still the same leave the lights on leave for a couple more hours.

Still haven’t spawned? Repeat the process again tomorrow.

When you wake up to slim female Cherry Barbs. Remove all the adults to their normal tank.

Cherry barb fry
The Fry.
The eggs should hatch in the next couple days. The fry will be very small and hard to see, so don’t get worried if you don’t see the eggs or fry for up to a week later!

2 Days after the spawn start adding your Infusorians. Of which the Jar should look cloudy by now. If not use your other Jar. Squirt a bit in using your Turkey Bastor in small amounts as many times a day. When you get low start another culturein advance for when you finish your current jar.

This is where a black background comes in handy. Once attached to the back. The fry are easy to see against it.

When you first see them they will look like pink lines with 2 eyes. No bigger than 2mm long.
Don’t forget to keep up with Daily Water Changes!

Bigger Fry!
Cherry barb fry/juvenile
Once your fry get bigger you will have a general idea of how many you have. If you have too many to handle, don’t feel bad about feeding a few to your adult Fish. It will leave less competition for food and more room for your other Fry giving them the best chance to survive. Soon enough your fry will be big enough to eat Baby Brine Shrimp, so we best get culturing some!

Hatching Brine Shrimp.
Get a jar and fill with an established Aquariums water or De-chlorinated Tap Water. Your Box of Aquarium Salt should say how much to use per Litre of water. After adding the salt Stir in really well. Now add your Air stone attached to an air pump and of course your Brine Shrimp Eggs. The eggs should hatch in 24 hours and feed just like you were with Infusoria.

Congratulations!!! If you have gotten this far you have successfully Spawned and raised your First Egg layers Fry!!!

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