The Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya) is a freshwater fish species native to Sri Lanka, where it inhabits slow-moving streams and shallow ponds. It is a popular aquarium fish due to its striking coloration, ease of care, and peaceful nature.
Adult Cherry Barbs are small, typically growing to 2 inches in length, with a distinctive bright red coloration on their body and fins. The males are more brightly colored and have longer fins than the females. They are active swimmers and prefer a planted aquarium with plenty of hiding places, such as caves or driftwood.
Cherry Barbs are omnivorous and will eat a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, and live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp and bloodworms. A varied diet is important for their health and growth. They are peaceful and can be kept in community aquariums with other non-aggressive fish species.
In terms of water parameters, Cherry Barbs prefer slightly acidic to neutral water with a temperature range of 72-80°F. They are hardy fish and can tolerate a range of water conditions, but it is important to maintain good water quality and perform regular water changes to keep them healthy.
Breeding Cherry Barbs is relatively easy in a well-maintained aquarium with a suitable breeding setup. They are egg layers and will lay their eggs on plants or other surfaces. The eggs will hatch within 24-48 hours, and the fry will become free-swimming after a few days. The fry should be fed small, frequent meals of powdered food or infusoria until they are large enough to eat regular fish food.
Overall, Cherry Barbs are a great choice for beginner and experienced aquarists alike. They are colorful, peaceful, and easy to care for, making them a popular addition to many community aquariums.