View Full Version : Can I keep the same amount of male and female cherry barbs in a tank?

02-21-2010, 02:20 PM
I heard you need more females than male cherries in a tank. But can I keep 3 males and 3 females together in a tank without problems? ThANkS.

02-21-2010, 02:25 PM
I would say that for every male there should be atleast 2 females to limit any competition from the tank.

02-21-2010, 03:58 PM
I picked up another male yesterday. I've got 4 males and 6 females and everybody is doing just fine. I think 3 males and 4 females would be fine.

02-21-2010, 04:32 PM
When I had cherry barbs, I had 2 males and 4 females. Everyone got along really well. I've got a lot of feedback from others that you should use the rule of thumb to have 2 females for each male.

Wild Turkey
02-21-2010, 09:51 PM
Ive always heard 2Fv1M, I kept them that way with no problems in the past, and they did seem to form groups of 3 rather than all school together.

That being said, they arent that capable of a fish so if you monitor the tank 1:1 ratio isnt something I would say "no, dont try it" to, just be ready and able to correct the problem if it does arise by making sure you have room for more females if needed.

02-21-2010, 10:00 PM
Glad you brought up the 1:1 ration Turkey. That's actually how I have always kept my Cherry Barbs, and I've never had any problems with aggression whatsoever. They get a big frisky but nothing nippy at all.

02-21-2010, 11:36 PM
So, why is it a lot of people say you need more females than males?

02-22-2010, 12:15 AM
So, why is it a lot of people say you need more females than males?

So there aren't several males harassing a female.

02-22-2010, 01:05 AM
I have never had any problems with barbs and having 1:1 or even more males than females. With livebearers I say always have 1:2 or more females.