It is interesting to note that the Cherry Barb is almost extinct in the wild but are still doing very well within the tropical fish hobby. This really is a pretty little fish and the photos in this profile doesn't do them justice.
The Red Panda barb is a peaceful tropical freshwater cyprinid fish
GOLDEN BARB: 3 inches; easy to keep and feed, not picky about water parameters or foods; temperature 66F-78F, suitable for unheated tanks, appreciates a few plants to hide behind, but generally active and friendly; great community fish, peaceful yet hardy enough to withstand many semi-aggressive species, happiest in schools of 6 or more; Tank mates: barbs, danios, rasboras, cory cats, gourmaris, goldfish, tetras, angelfish, platies, swordtails; Tags: beginner aquarium fish, tropical, cool…
Filament Barb Tropical Fish - Arizona Aquatic Gardens
While they are technically classified as a subtropical fish, they can tolerate both tropical and cool water tanks. As long as the temperature of the tank is kept close to their preferred range 64-75°F (18-24°C), they will remain both happy and healthy.The gold barb remains small in the home aquarium, and grows to a maximum length of just under three inches(2.8 inches). With that being said, most will only grow to about two inches – especially if they are kept in smaller aquariums. On average, they will live for around three years, but some exceptionally well cared for gold barbs can live up to five years.HousingThe gold barb is a peaceful and hardy fish, and will do well in most community fish tanks. It’s tolerance for cool water and docile nature makes it one of the few good tankmates for goldfish, although you have to be sure that the water temperature doesn’t fall too low during the winter months (if you live in a northern climate).Because of their small size, they can comfortably be kept in a 10 gallon (38 litre) fish tank, but larger tanks will provide a healthier and more stable environment for them. If at all possible, they should be provided with at least a 20 gallon (76 litre) long fish tank. And as a general rule of thumb, the larger the tank that can be provided, the better it is for the fish in the long run.Like most other commonly kept barbs, gold barbs are a schooling fish and should always be kept in groups of at least five. If they are kept in groups of less than five, they will spend most of their time in hiding and will become stressed – which can eventually lead to illness and death. Keeping them in groups larger than five also has the added benefit of bringing out more of their natural behaviour and making them more active – two things any dedicated fish keeper should strive for with their fish.Since they are such an active fish, there should always be an open space in the aquarium to allow for open swimming. Any plants should be planted in a manner to ensure that a swimming space is always kept open for the gold barbs and should be placed at the sides or at the back – as should any ornaments.When choosing a filter for gold barbs, the best choice is usually an HOB (hang-on-back) filter. The benefits of a HOB filter are two-fold – the first being that they are usually the most economical choice. The second benefit is that they provide some current to the fish tank, which gold barbs benefit from having in their environment. You will often see some of the gold barbs playing in the filter outflow, and sometimes they will even try to jump into the filter.
Green Tiger Barb Tropical Fish - Arizona Aquatic Gardens