Do Cherry Barbs Lay Eggs?

Cherry Barb is a schooling fish with non-aggressive behaviors. Pet lovers can easily manage to care for these small fish with an elongated body having curved back. It is beautiful fish specie that actively swims in the middle and bottom of the tank.

Do Cherry Barbs Lay Eggs

Cherry barbs do lay eggs like other fish in their family.  A cherry barb will usually lay between 200 and 300 eggs and will scatter the eggs around as much as possible.

Now you may be thinking what the reproduction system of the cherry barbs is? Does it get pregnant or lay eggs? It is a typical fish, and like other fish species, it lays eggs. It does not carry babies inside the body, rather lay eggs. It follows the same phenomenon of reproduction like other species have.

Let’s learn about their breeding, egg-laying patterns, and care during this time so that you can keep your little pets in a healthy environment.


Breeding time is a semi-intensive exercise. The caretaker has to observe the fish keenly when it reaches to breeding time. It is because they need an optimum environment to lay eggs. It is essential to keep both males and females in separate tanks when they are sexually mature.

Moreover, the hobbyist must feed the fish healthy food like shrimps or blood worms. You have to feed for 3 to 5 times regularly. Don’t overfeed them.  The hungry fish feed in minutes and then start moving, so when you feel it is not feeding and begins swimming, then stop feeding as the extra food will become feed for the fungus that is not good for the cherry barbs.

Tank Conditions

For successful breeding, you have to maintain the tank environment.

  • Keep the water temperature between 26 to 28-degree centigrade
  • Try to change about 50% of the water daily so that there is no chance of prevailing of the infection.
  • For a breeding tank, it must have an air pump, sponge filter as well as heater.
  • Keep the java moss as well as spawning mop as the fish when lays eggs it eggs scatter everywhere.

How to Know that Male Fish is Mature for Breeding?

The interesting fact about male cherry barb is that their color starts changing. More the red, they mean there will be more spawning success. So, when you feel these are red enough, bring the male and female in one tank and allow them to mate so female lay eggs and fill your aquarium with new baby fry.

Cherry Barbs Mating

  • When you think both partners are ready to mate. Keep them in the breeding tank. It is good to keep one male and two females. Because the male is hyperactive during this time and keeping a 1:1 ratio is not advisable. So, keep a 1:2 ratio and allow the male to mate with females.
  • Female lays 1 to 3 eggs at one time and keep on doing till it has laid the last set of eggs.
  • Meanwhile, male discharge the sperms and fertilize the eggs. It keeps on following the female till the last eggs have been fertilized.
  • Cherry barbs lay about 250 to 300 eggs at one time. These scattered all around the tank. So, keep the cherry mop to provide the natural environment, and they stay there safe.
  • Once the male and female have completed the mating process, shift the male one from the breeding tank to the original aquarium. It is because it eats its eggs. So be careful and observe keenly, so when they finished the process, shift them immediately.

Point To Ponder

  • Cherry barb mate is secret. They love to have activity in the dark. So, switch off the light or keep the tank in the dark where they can freely mate.
  • Moreover, eggs do not hatch in bright light, so keep the container in the dark till all little fry comes out of the egg.

Egg Hatching

The eggs take 2 to 4 days to hatch, all depending on the condition of the water. If the temperature is not optimum, it may take five days too. So, be careful and maintain temperature to avoid wastage and death of the fry.

  • After hatching, a juvenile, a free-swimming creature comes out that is about 0.2 cm.
  • They feed infusoria or egg sac.
  • After that, they grow, they start consuming the bits.
  • Juvenile takes about two months to mature in adults and take about four months to reach the breeding stage.

Care Of Baby Cherry Barbs

If you want to see your cherry barb fry growing well and want to see the growth of a generation, then care them in the following way

  • One can feed baby fry the brine shrimp, flake food, bloodworms, and fresh fee that will help them to grow well.
  • Try to change about 25% of the water daily.
  • If you find any mold, cotton wool or particles try to remove immediately.
  • Maintain water temperature between 25 to 28 degrees to help them grow well.
  • Provide safe pH and do not add chemicals like nitrates, ammonia, or chlorine that is harmful to little fish.
  • Feed them regularly but avoid overfeeding.
  • Maintain after chemistry as the minor change will be hazardous, and they may suffer from disease or eventually die.
  • Keep the water environment stress free and help the cherry barb live actively.
  • Keep the active filtration system. It is because the flow of the water determines the evolution of colors as well as ensure oxygen viability.

These are a few parameters that must be keenly observed and maintain. If you find any unusual activity with your fish or little fry, immediately check the tank environment, clean it, or consult the vet doctor to seek treatment.

Prevent your fish from harm so that they survive for a long time, and your aquarium remains filled with colorful creatures.

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