18 Different Aquarium Barbs - Rare & Common

Barbs are undoubtedly one of the most popular and diverse species kept in the aquarium hobby. They can range significantly in size, colours and temperament. From nano species such as the butterfly barb and cherry barb to the very large tinfoil and Mascara barb species.

Many barbs can make a great addition to a community, nano or species aquarium and the majority are very hardy fish making them an excellent choice for the beginner or experienced aquarist alike.

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Black Ruby Barb
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Checker Barb
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Cherry Barb
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Denison Barb
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Drape Fin Barb
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Gold Barb
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Janthochir Barb
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Mascara Barb
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Melon Barb
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Odessa Barb
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Pentazona Barb
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Rohani Barb
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Rosy Barb
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Snakeskin Barb
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Spanner Barb
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Striped Barb
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Tiger Barb
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Tinfoil Barb

Frquently Asked Questions About Barbs

Can you mix different types of barbs?

Yes, you can, providing you pick similar-sized barbs. For example, it would be unwise to house fully grown tinfoil barbs with a dwarf variety of barbs such as the Golden dwarf barbs (Puntius gelius) or the Jae Barb (Enteromius jae).

It is also worth bearing in mind some types of barbs are considered fin nippers so it would not be advisable to maintain for instance; tiger barbs with barbs that have been artificially bred for long-fins. As an example the long-finned variety of the rosy barb or indeed the extended finned version of the newer tiger barb itself.

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