Puntius titteya
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Puntius titteya

Common Names: Cherry Barb
Synonyms: Barbus titteya
Capoeta titteya
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; Sri Lanka.
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Stream
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful. Cherry Barbs are somewhat timid, and tend to shy away from the action in a tank.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed with normal or vegetable flakes, or live foods. Keep dense vegetation and some floating plants in the tank. The Cherry Barb is a loner and will hide from other Cherry Barbs in these plants. Easy to keep.
6 - 8
23°C - 27°C
73°F - 81°F
5 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 5cm (2")
Female: 5cm (2")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are smaller and a deep pink (cherry) with a dark, speckled, central stripe and a hint of brown along the top. Females are much plumper and have a walnut brown stripe on top, then a dark, speckled, central stripe like the male with an almost golden stripe between. The rest of her body is off-white and she has cherry pink fins, also like the male.
Breeding: Place pairs in a small, densly planted breeding tank. Remove the fish after spawning so they don't eat the eggs. The Cherry Barbs hang their eggs by a thread to the plants.
Comments: The Cherry Barb should be kept alone in a small tank or in pairs in a larger tank. They can be kept in larger numbers if the vegetation is dense.
Main Colours: Red, Black
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Concave
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Submitted By: Adam
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