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Cherry Barb

Cherry Barb
(Puntius titterya)

This Barbus is rather particular, because it is rather reserved and timid, which is rather rare among the fish of this family. As a result, it may be associated with quiet species, unlike many of its cousins. A rarity to discover!

Scientific name

Puntius titterya
Barbus titteya
Capoeta titteya

Common name

Cherry Barb

Origin

what are its countries of origin?

Origin: Sri Lanka
Biotope: Asian

Dimorphism

what are the physical differences between males and females?

The male is red and the female is brownish with marked lateral band

Group

Group

Cyprinidae

Volume

what is the minimum volume for this species?

120 L / 26 imp gal / 32 US gal

Water parameters

what are the water parameters for the maintenance of this fish?

T°: 23 à 26°C or 73 to 79°F
pH: 6 to 7
Hardness: 3 to 10°dGH

Difficulty

Difficulty

Easy

Size

what is the maximum size of this fish?

4 to 5cm (1.6 to 2")

Life expectancy

what is the average life expectancy of this fish?

3 years

Living zone

in which area of the aquarium does this fish live?

Middle and Depth

Individuals

sociability of the species

10

Food

How to feed the Cherry Barb?

Food

How to feed the Cherry Barb?

Omnivorous: all forms of small food are accepted with plant supplements. It is best to give them their daily ration in several times. Occasionally, fasting is recommended. The colors of cherry Barb will be more beautiful with a varied diet and frequent intake of live or frozen food.

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Cherry Barb have?

Behavior

What kind of behavior does the Cherry Barb have?

Reserved and peaceful by nature (a rarity among the Barbus!). They are gregarious and must be kept in groups, even if they do not form a real shoal. For that, make up your group with 1 male for 2 females to decrease the harassment of the males towards the females. Males sometimes fight each other to defend their position in the hierarchy. However, most of the time, they will engage in perfectly harmless intimidation displays. It should also be noted that the presence of several males promotes the beautiful coloration of these fish.

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Cherry Barb?

Cohabitation

Who can live with the Cherry Barb?

A specific aquarium is preferable. Indeed, these shy fish do not have a natural behavior in community aquariums. They can nevertheless live in a aquarium with quiet species such as Gouramis or Colisas.

Breeding

How to breed the Cherry Barb?

Breeding

How to breed the Cherry Barb?

Like most Barbus, the breeding of the Cherry Barb is relatively easy and sometimes occurs without human intervention. Nevertheless, for a better survival of the fry, prefer to dedicate a tank for the breeding. You must install a dark substrate, a protective grid at the bottom and fill it with fine-leaved plants such as Taxiphyllum or Java Moss. Finally, sift the light with many floating plants. The temperature will be around 25/27°C or 77/81°F and pH 6.5/7. Condition the couple before feeding them abundantly with live prey and then introduce them into the breeding tank. The laying can go up to 300 eggs and the incubation lasts 24 hours. When the fry begin to swim, lower the water level, then gradually raise it according to their growth./p>

Fry food: nauplies of artemia and cyclops.

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Cherry Barb?

Its aquarium

Which aquarium for the Cherry Barb?

A specific aquarium is preferable. Although the decoration of the Cherry Barb is not particularly a sensitive point, it is best to keep it in a well planted aquarium, with hiding places and a large swimming area. Also prefer a dark substrate and add a few floating plants. For a more natural sensation, sprinkle the soil with a few dried leaves.

Good to know

Good to know

Find all additional information!

Sturdy enough, this species is suitable for beginners. It is therefore widely used in aquariums.

Puntius titterya has barbels at the corner of the lips.

Note that there is an Albino variety and a Super red.

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