Cherry Barb
Puntius titteya

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

Less than 2"

Minimum Tank Size

20 gallon


Black, Red



Water Conditions

74-79° F, KH 4-10, pH 6.0-7.0


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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