Cherry Barb
Behaviour Calm and peaceful
Typical size 4cm
Max size 5cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 30cm
Min Number 3
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, dried, frozen, live foods
pH Range pH 5.5-8
Hardness vs, s, m, h
Red male Cherry Barb Puntius titteya
  • Red male Cherry Barb Puntius titteya - thumbnail
  • Female Cherry Barb Puntius titteya - thumbnail
  • Cherry Barb pair male and female Puntius titteya - thumbnail

Cherry Barb

Puntius titteya

The Cherry Barb has been a popular aquarium fish for many years and is likely to continue as a regular species in aquarium stores. For small communities these fish are ideal due to their peaceful nature and relative ease of keeping. Cherry barbs make excellent tankmates for other small fish or timid species such as some smaller gouramies or Siamese fighters. These fish are best kept in a minimum of three (two females to a male), or in larger groups (any sex ratio). Keep in an aquarium with well-planted areas, preferably avoiding bright substrate. Should not be mixed with boisterous or predatory fish.

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus titteya, B. frenatus | Origin Asia, Sri Lanka | Breeding Eggs are laid and attached amongst dense vegetation. Spawns in slightly acidic water. Fry hatch after 24 hours | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, Soft to hard | Natural Habitat Shallow, shaded, slow moving streams and rivers | Sexing Males are more slender and develop an intense red colour, females are orange-brown

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