Barbs are a very active fish so they require a good amount of protein in their diet. Barbs are omnivores so you can feed them a variety of commercial flakes, live, frozen, or freeze-dried foods as well as spirulina flakes for healthy slime coat.
What do they like to eat?
Brine Shrimp – you can purchase them in freeze-dried square chunks. They love this!
Aqueon Tropical flakes
Hikari gold floating pellets
Omega One freeze-dried bloodworms
Remember it’s a good idea to get all of these so that they have a good variety in their diet.
Will Barbs eat snails?
It depends on the type of barb that you have in your fish tank. Tiger barbs will definitely eat your snails. They have a voracious appetite. Cherry barbs and Rosy barbs may eat snails if they get hungry, but are not as aggressive.
Will Barbs eat other fish?
Barbs are known as fin nippers. They are a schooling fish so the more you have in your tank, the less aggressive they will be. They are not known to eat other fish but will harass others from time to time.
Will Barbs eat algae?
Barbs are known to eat hair algae which is good because not many fish other than the Siamese Algae Eater are known to eat this type of algae. Rosy barbs will eat black hair algae. Barbs will also nip at plants if you have any live plants in the tank.
Will Barbs eat your plants?
Barbs are omnivores known to eat plants from time to time. Some people experience their barbs eating all or their plants and some people experience their barbs not eating any of their plants. Mostly Tiger Barbs are the problem.
If they do eat plants, it would be the plants that are the most vulnerable. Taller, fast-growing plants like cryptocoryne. You should be safe with anubias or java ferns. It may be that they are not getting enough veggies in their diet so try feeding them spirulina or blanched peas if they are eating the plants.
Overall, Barbs are a pretty easy fish to keep. They’ll eat almost anything. They do much better in groups of 6 or more. They are very active and entertaining fish. They’re constantly chasing each other around the tank. The only downside is that they do nip at fins so you won’t want to have slower moving fish with long fins in the tank with them.
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