Cherry Barb Care Sheet

Cherry Barb
(Puntius titteya)

Common names:
Cherry barb, Crimson carplet
Size: 4cm
pH: 6.0 – 8.0
Tempº: 22ºC - 28ºC (71F - 82F)
Tank region: Middle layer
Origin: SrI Lanka
Gender: Easy. Males are crimson and torpedo shaped, females are hazel and slightly larger.
Notes: Possibly the most popular small Barb in the hobby, the Cherry Barb is sadly listed as 'conservation dependant' in the wild because of overfishing. However, most aquarium specimens are now captive bred. The Cherry Barb is very popular among both seasoned and inexperienced aquarists alike because of it's good colouration, peaceful temperment, small size and hardy nature. As a schooling species it should be kept in groups of at least 6, and to minimise aggression between males and harrassment of females they should be kept in a ratio of at least 2-3 females for each male. These fish will take most commercially prepared food, and as with most similarly sized species appreciates a planted tank to provide natural retreats. The Cherry Barb is completely peaceful and thus makes a good tankmate for most similarly sized community species.
Left Image: Female Cherry Barb
Right Image: Male Cherry Barb



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