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Barb — from the family Cyprinidae — are often one of the first kinds of tropical fish the beginner adds to their newly set up tank. They’re readily available in most pet retailers, they come in bright colors, are easy to care for and are generally active swimmers making them exciting to watch.
These fish vary widely in color and temperament as well as the water conditions in which they need to thrive and be happy. Some species of barbs make for good additions to a community tank while others require you to be more selective when choosing their tank mates. Still, they’re fun fish to keep and watch, and you shouldn’t get discouraged by some of the requirements for keeping these fish healthy and happy in your home setup.
There are a wide variety of Barb to choose from for your aquarium, we’re going to focus on the more popular species that can be wonderful compliments to your tank, and should be readily available in your local pet store or online retailer.
Click through each variety of freshwater barb to read more.