Cherry Barb
Puntius titteya

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Peaceful

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

Yes

Max Size

Less than 2"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon

Color

Black, Red

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

74-79° F, KH 4-10, pH 6.0-7.0

Description


General: A member of the scientific genus Puntius that is simple to breed, the Cherry Barb is relatively peaceful and provides plenty of color. Naturally from the shaded sections of slow-moving streams in Sri Lanka, the Cherry Barb can make a great addition to other small community species in aquaria. Keeping the Cherry Barb in a heavily planted tank with a 1:3 male to female ratio will result in optimal color being shown by the male fish.

Fecundity (Reproduction): The female Cherry Barb may produce up to 300 eggs per clutch. This egg scattering species actively seeks heavily planted areas to deposit adhesive eggs.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.0 to 7.2 pH), intermediate water hardness (3 to 12 dGH)

Aquarium Diet: Brine shrimp, baby brine shrimp, blackworms, spirulina, general flakes

Compatibility: The Cherry Barb is compatible with a large variety of smaller community species. However, they may attempt to defend a territory rather aggressively after spawning.


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