Cherry Barb Tropical Fish Information

Puntius titteya
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)

Cherry Barb Tropical Fish Learn all about the Cherry Barb's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Cherry Barb is the right fish for your aquarium.

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.

Cherry Barb Facts

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

Cherry Barb Help and Advice

If you have a question about keeping Cherry Barb's then please use our Cherry Barb help forum. Join 100's of other fish enthusiasts with 1000's of years experience between them caring for and keeping fish like these.

question mark     

Check Tankmates for the Cherry Barb fish species

Create a test community that includes the Cherry Barb fish species and other types you'd like to introduce - Assess tank size suitability based on filter type and volume, possible negative interactions and warnings.

Please check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Cherry Barb information box.
Tank Details
question mark  Rename your tank:
question mark  Length: (cm)
question mark  Volume: (Litres)
question mark  Filter type:

* Recent changes to stocking & filter advice October 2018
* This fishtank will only last for this session - to save your tank please Join/Log in

question mark  Max Stocking level: 0cm
0-1 months 20%: 0cm
1-3 months 40%: 0cm
3-6 months 60%: 0cm
question mark  Current stock level: 0cm
Stock percentage: 0%
question mark  Suggested maximum
fish size for your tank:
My Fishtank Quantity Stock cm
There are no fish in your fishtank. To add fish, view a fish profile and click the 'Add to My Fishtank' button

If you'd like to talk about the "Cherry Barb" with our users, then we have a buzzing community of fish enthusiasts where you can talk about tank issues, Cherry Barb fish behaviour, Cherry Barb tank stocking and any other issues related to the Cherry Barb fish or other types you may have.

To save your details in the Fish Community Creator you must be logged in CLICK HERE to log-in or join

Help us keep great tools like this online by becoming a think fish supporter . You will help with our hosting and development costs. From as little as £1.16 per month - Become a Supporter today

Click to read the Latest Tropical Fish discussions from Thinkfish users.

Think Fish Tropical Fish Forum
Tropical Fish Market Place
Fish of the month

Helping Fishkeepers With Their Fishkeeping Needs Since 2006