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Cherry Barb
Alternative Name(s): Barbus titteya, Capoeta titteya
Scientific Name(s): Puntius titteya
Category: Tropical
Maximum Size: 5cms
Minimum Tank Volume: 60 litres
Minimum Tank Size: 24" x 12" x 12"
Water Temperature Range: 23-27°C
Water pH Range: 6.0-8.0
Water Hardness Range: 5-20 dGH

General Information: Like to live in a shoal of 6 or more in a well planted tank so they have cover, but must have some open swimming areas as they are active swimmers. This fish is very tough and is an ideal beginner's fish as it is colourful, tough and fairly energetic.
Tank Requirements: See Minimum Tank Volume and Minimum Tank Size above
Diet Requirements: Flakes and vegetables are the main diet, but Cherry Barbs are unfussy and will eat most foods offered.
Compatibility: As long as they have a small shoal they will be happy and will tend not to bother other fish. They are normally peaceful.
Recommendations: pH range quoted is for tank bred Cherry Barbs. Wild caught specimens should me kept in neutral to slightly acidic water (pH 7 or below).
Common Problems:
Similar Species:
Sexing: Males tend to be a red/deep red. Females tend to be a reddish-brown.
Breeding: They tend to spead their eggs around the tank, with the amount of eggs varying from 150-350. The adults will try to eat as many eggs as they can. Eggs normally hatch within 48 hours.
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