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cherry barb or Puntius titteya is
small, colorful freshwater
fish named for its red color palette. The barb is a member of
referred to as carp. Cherry barbs only
reach one and three quarters to two inches fully grown.
Cherry barbs are elongated fish. Typically, the upper part of their
bodies leans toward a greenish shade with a slight sheen. A racing
stripe that varies from a brownish to a bluish black runs from the tip
of their snouts down the entire length of their bodies. Above the
stripe is an iridescent band that is typically gold at the front part
of their bodies and fades toward blue or green towards the tail. The
males are redder than the females. But they do not develop the bright,
cherry red coloration they are named for until they are about to mate.
The cherry color is not found among the females of the species. Females
are lighter in color and have yellow fins. The female’s body
be a lot plumper than the males.
make good community tank fish provided they are housed
with fish that are not large enough to view them as a tasty snack. They
are shoaling fish that take readily to heavily planted aquariums. Since
they travel in schools in their natural habitat, it is advisable to add
multiple barbs to your fish tank rather than a single fish. While
cherry barbs do enjoy the company of their own species, they do not
congregate as tightly as most barbs or tetras. It is, in fact, not
uncommon to see a single barb venture away from the pack.
They are originally from Sri Lanka. Lake Sir Lanka is an island
country in southern Asia located off the southern coast of India.
Cherry barbs prefer soft, slightly acidic water with a temperature
variance between 72-79 °F.
barbs are omnivores. They can be feed
common tropical fish
flakes as their primary diet.
Cherry barbs breed in captivity. This is a
good thing. Their numbers
have decreased dramatically in Sri Lanka.
Feeding barbs frozen or live meaty foods such as brine shrimp will
increase the likelihood of breeding. The male, as mentioned earlier,
will develop a bright cherry color when ready to breed.
Once the male displays his spawning colors, the barbs should be
placed in a breeding tank. Barbs scatter their eggs. Like most egg
scattering fish, cherry barbs will eat their un-hatched eggs. A good
trick to prevent this from happening is to place marbles in the bottom
of the breeding tank.
The eggs will slip down in between the marbles and prevent the parents
from being able to get at them. After they spawn,
the adult barbs should
be removed from the breeding tank.
The fry will hatch in about 24 hours. The fry can be feed liquid
fish fry food developed for egg laying fish. In a couple of days switch
their diet to newly hatched brine shrimp or small amounts of powdered
eggs. When they reach a week or two in age you can feed them finely
crushed tropical fish flakes.
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