Black Ruby Barbs are a unique gem of the aquarium trade. They are social, sleek-looking fishes native to Southeast Asia’s tropical seas. They have a deep body, pointed head, and high back resembling many other Barbs like the Tiger Barb. However, unlike other Barbs, they do not have barbels.
They do have three wide black bands that run vertically across their bodies. When young, their bodies vary from pale yellow to yellow-gray. As they mature, their head attains a purple-red color, with the males’ entire body assuming this color once they reach breeding age.
Male Black Ruby Barbs are slightly larger than their female counterparts. Also, while only the base of the female’s dorsal fin becomes dark, the male’s entire dorsal fin will attain a deep black color. Males also tend to have black or red-black anal and pelvic fins. For females, these fins will be paler in color.
Though males and females have several differences, they will both be pale in color when suffering from a disease, stressed, or frightened.
Since Black Ruby Barbs are a schooling fish, you should always keep them in groups of at least eight. Keeping them in such large groups will have them on their best behavior and prevent other aquarium fish from being bothered.
Also, they are less aggressive than Tiger Barbs and are ideal for community aquariums that have other peaceful adult fish. However, you should monitor tank dynamics to detect potential incompatibilities.
Ideal tankmates for these fish include Catfish, Gouramis, Tetras, and other Barbs. Ruby Barbs offer stunning visual contrasts when kept together with schools of other vertically striped Barbs.
Black Ruby Barbs are bottom feeders, meaning they love to rummage in the detritus that builds up at the bottom. Since, in the wild, their diets primarily consist of algae and this debris, it is essential to include plenty of vegetable matter in their diet.
Besides feeding them flake foods with plenty of vegetable matter, you could also give them vegetables like blanched spinach or lettuce, pieces of raw zucchini, and shelled peas. Supplement this diet by giving them live foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia, every week or two.
Are Black Ruby Barbs aggressive?
Black Ruby Barbs can get stressed when kept in small groups. This stress can sometimes manifest itself as aggression.
What do Black Ruby Barbs eat?
Their diet primarily consists of detritus and filamentous algae. They also eat flakes, pellets, plant matter, crustaceans, worms, insects, and frozen foods.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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