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Puntius titteya - Cherry barb


  • Puntius titteya - Cherry barb

    Photo thanks to dwagn - male

    Picture thanks to Watfish

    Scientific name: Puntius titteya
    Common name: Cherry barb

    Country of origin:
    South East Asia - Sri Lanka. Introduced populations now in South & Central America - Columbia & Mexico

    pH: 6.0 - 8.0
    Temperature: 20 - 27c
    Hardness: 5 - 19 dGH
    Water flow: standard
    Oxygenation: standard

    Maximum size: 5cm

    Diet: live, frozen, flake food, pellets

    Breeding: Male - brighter red than & more streamlined than the female, especially when preparing to spawn.
    Female - paler, yellowed fins.
    Egg scatterer, parents to be removed immediately, predates on own eggs.

    Photo thanks to Watfish - 3 males at top, 1 female at bottom

    Tank companions: This is not a good fish to keep with shrimp.
    It schools, but not well. It should be kept in schools of 6+ to minimise aggression & stress, with 2f - 1m.
    Kept with other fish of similar size it does well in a community tank.
    It does have a reputation for being "nippy" at other fish's fins, particularly if they have trailing fins, such as siamese fighters or varieties with long fins. Of course they slowed by their fins, so are easier targets.
    It has a reputation for being a bit aggressive for its size. This is minimised when kept in schools of its own species, and with appropriately sized fish.

    Ideal plants are:
    Heavily planted sections, with some own spaces.

    Also comes in:
    - albino
    - red that is maintained full time, not just during breeding

    Lives for 4-7 years maximum.

    Puntius titteya are legal imports to Australia as of 20/10/2013:

    The IUCN Red List reports Puntius titteya as a species which is lower risk/ Conservation dependent at 20/10/2013, but needs updating:

    It is very important not to release any aquarium specimens into our waterways. Any that are not sold or re-homed/ given away, can often be re-sold to aquarium stores. If they are homed in ponds, care should be taken that they cannot escape in run-off into our waterways. Even if fish are native & local they should not be moved from one waterway to another, as this can transfer disease. If they are not local fish, they can both spread disease and either out-compete or eat local fish, shrimp & plants, causing their demise.

    It is a good fish for beginners

    Photo thanks to dwagn - female

    Photo thanks to watfish

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