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Cherry Barb

cherry barb

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Scientific Name:   Puntius titteya      
Min. Tank Size:   30 gallons      
Personality:   Peaceful      
Temperature:   72-79°F      
pH:   6.0-8.0/5-20°dGH      
Size:   2"      
Diet:   Omnivore      
Breeding:   Egglayer      


Other Cyprinids, Rasboras, Loaches, Anabatoids, Catfish, Dwarf Cichlids and Tetras.

Cherry Barb

Endemic to Sri Lanka, the Cherry Barb is found in slow-moving forest streams with thick vegetation and silt substrate. These fish exhibit the typical elongated Barb shape with a dark horizontal stripe running down the length of its body through the eye. Females of the species are light in color with yellowish fins while males are bright red, a characteristic which earned them the name Cherry Barb. Thought to be near extinction in the wild, this species typically grows to a maximum length around two inches and is widely propagated for the aquarium industry.

Tank Set-up

The Cherry Barb is a peaceful fish and a popular addition to the community tank. In order to thrive, these fish are best kept in groups with at least 6 to 8 of their own species and should be kept with other small, community species. Cherry Barbs prefer heavily planted tanks, but also require a great deal of open swimming space because they can become very active in large schools. These fish prefer diffused lighting, a pH level between 6.0 and 8.0 and a temperature range from 72 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit.


Cherry Barbs are omnivores in the wild, feeding on detritus, diatoms, algae and small invertebrates. However, since most Cherry Barbs available for sale are captive bred, they have become very adaptable as far as feeding in the home aquarium is concerned. They will eagerly accept a variety of aquarium foods. For optimum health and coloration, feed a varied diet consisting of live/frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, Daphnia and a high quality flake. Ensure that vegetable matter, i.e. Spirulina-based flake, is included as part of the regular diet.


Breeding Cherry Barbs in the home tank is relatively easy, though a separate tank is recommended if you hope to raise many of the fry. Best spawned in pairs, Cherry Barbs prefer a breeding tank decorated with fine-leaved plants, such as Java moss, in which to deposit their eggs. The water chemistry in the breeding tank should not be a large concern, but a slightly acidic pH is recommended. After spawning, the eggs typically hatch in 24 to 36 hours and the fry will become free-swimming after another 3 to 4 days.

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