Cherry barb - Puntius titteya
Scientific name: Puntius titteya
Common name: Cherry barb
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Cherry barbs accept live food as well as vegetables based food. Feed them larvae, granules, tablets, flakes, brine shrimp.
You can see a female on the picture. Females are rounder than males, and males are red in colour.
Egg-layers. Cherry barbs lay eggs on plants. Fry hatch in 2 days. Offer hiding places such as plants to newborns, otherwise they’d be eaten by parents. Newborns should be fed artemia salina.
Thanks to halkor who has allowed us to use the pictures. One picture was bought. Also thanks to Jonathon Whipple.