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



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