Species group: Barbs
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Scientific name: Puntius titteya
The Cherry Barb is native to Sri Lanka, where it inhabits shallow and calm water in shaded streams. It is a popular community aquarium fish, and does well kept in groups of five or more individuals in a planted tank which provides lots of cover.
The Cherry Barb is a slender tropical fish with a silver-black body. Its elongated sides are covered with golden to bluish black stripes. A black line (broken in shape) runs from the snout through the Cherry Barb’s eye, right to the center of its tail. Above this marking is visible an iridescent line, gold at the front turning bluish toward the tail.
The Cherry Barb is peaceful but lonely by disposition. Its timid and shy behavior makes it ideal for housing with fish having similar temperament.
A 30-gallon tank is the minimum requirement. The bottom can be well-planted, with dense floating plants. Soft acidic water conditions are necessary for best results. Rocks and driftwood are also added to the aquarium. The middle space is, however, kept empty for swimming. Community tanks with small fishes are ideal for this fish.
peaceful aquarium setup, problem free fish, community tank, great beginner fish, deeper red colour
secure lid, jumpers, nip fins
large planted area, egg scatterers, colder water, small schools