Types of feed for Cherry barb fish - fish-hobbyist

Types of feed for Cherry barb fish

Meta: Deciding on which Cherry Barb fish feed is good for them highly depends on personal preference. However, you might want to read this for reference.

Cherry Barb fish is omnivorous fish. It means that it can eat anything that it wants as long as it fits. This dietary habit makes it versatile on what kind of feed it will most likely consume, from proteins to plants. 

Some may say that an animal’s diet is formed from its origins. The tropical forest of Sri Lanka is where the Cherry Barb originates from. Cherry Barb survives in ponds and river streams with high vegetation and biodiversity. They often swim in packs, as it has a higher chance of survival than being alone. Without further ado, here are some types of Cherry Barb fish feed for your reference.


Let’s start with live protein. Bloodworms have always been a go-to option when it comes to fishes with omnivorous dietary habits. This type of food is rich in protein. Other than that, it will also entertain your fishes as if they are hunting in the wild.

There are three types of bloodworms available in the market: frozen, live, and freeze-dried. Frozen bloodworm is a popular choice due to its convenience. You can store them in your freezer and thaw them when you need one. It normally comes in blocks of ice cubes. One major con is that not 100% of the worms can be eaten, and it will build up in your tank.

Freeze-dried bloodworm is another convenient one. Some say it is easier than the frozen one because you can sprinkle it into your aquarium. However, it needs time to soak and sink to the bottom of the tank; only then your bottom-dweller fishes can eat. Another con is that this option has the least nutrition among the three.

Live bloodworm is the freshest and healthiest option that aquarists like to consider. These living worms are rich in nutrition and can make your fish swim actively to hunt for them. One thing to consider is that there is an increased potential risk for disease and sickness.

Standard Pellets and Flakes

You get the idea; this here is almost everyone’s favorite. Even though these are not available in their natural habitat, most fishes that once lived in captivity are accustomed to consuming this. One tip is to look at the packaging’s nutritional value; you can plan when and what to give to your fish (extra veggies and proteins). This is a safe choice for a Cherry Barb fish feed option.


As development continues, you may have heard of a new “superfood” for fish available on the market. It may seem shady because it’s too good to be true. One way to test it is to buy a test fish and feed them with it. If it turns out great (vibrant body colors or other healthy signs), you can go ahead and use it on your main tank.

Those are Cherry Barb fish feed types for your reference. Keep in mind that switching between them is also a good idea. Making a feeding schedule, including the type of food, is recommended. Just remember to not overfeed them with any of those feeds as it may cause Dropsy.


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