Veiltail Cherry Barb Care: Everything You Need To Know

The Veiltail Cherry Barb fish is a very hardy fish and is considered a premium fish to keep because they can be quite hard to locate and buy one.

This type of cheery barb is very energetic, generally hardier and has much brighter and beautiful colours.

Veiltail Cherry Barb

These fish originally lived in the wild in Sri Lanka but now they are living in aquariums around the world.

Quick Facts

Temperament : Peaceful
Care Level : Easy
Colour : Bright metallic, usually orange
Diet : Fish Flakes, Blood Worm, Java Moss
Adult Size : 2 inch
Lifespan : 2 – 3 Years
Water Temperature : 65F – 80F
Water Ph : 7 – 7.8
Tank Size : Min 20 Gallon

Overview

The Veiltail Cherry Barb fish is a tropical fish that is part of the barb fish family.  This fish originated from Sri Lanka but is now also established in the wild in Mexico and Colombia.

These fish are usually red in colour with dark horizontal lines through the middle of the fish.  The females are typically a bit browner in colour.

Typical Behaviour

These fish are very active and are not aggressive to other fish.  They are always swimming about the tank keeping them self’s busy.  It is recommended to give this fish plenty for tank space so they can spend their time exploring.

They also prefer to be in groups of around 6.

Appearance

These fish are usually red in colour with dark horizontal lines through the middle of the fish.  The females are typically a bit browner in colour.

Veiltail Cherry Barb Appearance

Life Span

Veiltail Cherry Barb fish on average live for around two to three years in a home aquarium, Males typically live a little bit longer lifespan than females due to the birthing process can be difficult for them.

To make sure your fish has a long life span you will need to make sure the environment for them is free from stress and that certain water conditions are met that I will go through below.

Size

The average size of a full grown Veiltail Cherry Barb is 2 inches (5 cm) Typically males are smaller than the females some times up to 20% smaller.

Compatible Tank Mates

Due to the Veiltail Cherry Barbs calm and peaceful nature they can mix with many different fish.

Compatible tank mates for Veiltail Cherry Barb fish include

  • Barbs
  • Danios
  • Gouramis
  • Rainbow Fish

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Water Conditions

These fish will flourish if kept in the correct water conditions, If the ideal water conditions are not met for this fish they could suffer and will develop issues such as disease, growth issues and many more issues.

These fish are active swimmers and like a tank with lots of swimming area.  They also like to have floating plants to hide in.

Temperature

Ideally, Veiltail Cherry Barbs will need to be kept at a temperature between 65F – 80F.  It is believed the perfect temperature for them is 75°F.

It is recommended to use an aquarium heater to keep the water temperature at the recommended setting.  If you are after a heater check out the ones available on amazon

PH Level

The ideal PH Level for Veiltail Cherry Barbs is between 7 – 7.8, They require low to moderate water hardness.

You can monitor your aquariums water using a PH water tester kit available on amazon

Tank Setup

There are certain things we need to consider when we are selecting a tank, we know the needs of this fish are

  • Prefers a lot of space as they are active and love to swim around
  • Each fish can grow up to 2 inches in size
  • Needs water temperature of 65F – 88F

With this information we can now select a tank.

Veiltail Cherry Barbs tank setup

Tank Size

These fish are very active and like to swim all the time, Because of this they require a larger than normal.  You will need to give 2 gallons of water per Veiltail Cherry Barbs fish.

How many Veiltail cherry barbs should be kept together? It is recommended to keep a minimum of 6 Veiltail cherry barbs together.  These fish are typically shy and prefer to go around in schools with there own bread.

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Filtration

The cleaner your tank water is the more chance your fish have of thriving and living a happier and healthier life.  I have always used a fluval aquarium filter which I highly recommend, Check them out here

Heater

It is recommended to use an aquarium heater to keep the water temperature at the recommended setting.  If you are after a heater check out the ones available on amazon

I also recommend that you monitor your aquariums water temperature by using an aquarium digital thermometer.  Check out these ones from amazon