The Cherry Barb is the common name of a type of fish, scientifically called Puntius titteya. It is a very popular choice for an aquarium due to its interesting behavior and pleasant colors.  The fish has the ability to calm down nervous Loaches. More interesting facts about cherry barbs are given below.

 

Description

 

Both genders display a dark horizontal stripe, with males having a bright cherry-red color and females a dull orange color. Males are larger with a slender body, while females are rounder.

 

Habitat

 

Cherry barbs naturally inhabit the tropical waters in Sri Lanka. They are benthopelagic species which are typically found in shallow and slow flowing waters, shaded by plenty of vegetation.

 

Cherry Barb as Pet: facts about cherry barb you should know before getting one.

 

  • A tank with a minimum size of 75 liters or 20 gallons is required if it’s kept as domestic pet. This fish should be kept in a school of at least 5.  The natural environment of the barb should be closely mimicked in the aquarium. A strong current is suggested.

 

  • The Cherry barb should be kept with other peaceful fish and predatory fish must be avoided. There is a hierarchy in their school and the male is dominant.

 

  • The average lifespan is 4 years but can reach 7 years. The ideal aquatic temperature is 23 – 27°C (73- 80.5°F). The ideal dH is 5 – 19 and pH 6.5 – 7.5.

 

Diet

 

They are omnivorous. They nibble on sturdy plants, which should be used in the aquarium.

 

Breeding

 

A separate breeding tank is recommended, since they lay approximately 200 eggs amongst the plant vegetation producing live offspring after two days.

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