Cherry Barb

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Cherry barb - Puntius titteya

Scientific name: Puntius titteya

Common name: Cherry barb

Family: Cyprinidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)

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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

Feeding

Cherry barbs accept live food as well as vegetables based food. Feed them larvae, granules, tablets, flakes, brine shrimp.

Sexing

You can see a female on the picture. Females are rounder than males, and males are red in colour.

Breeding

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.

Lifespan

5 years.