Cherry barb

Aquarium fish: Cherry barb (Puntius titteya)
Size: 4 – 5 cm
Origin: Asia
Water temperature: 20-27 ° C
Aquarium volume: 54 l

Cherry barb (Puntius titteya ) – a hardy, attractively colored, small freshwater aquarium fish from the carp family.


Asia . Endemic species – occurs only in the basins of the Kelani and Niwala rivers, as well as the watercourses between them, in the south-western “wet zone” of the island of Sri Lanka. It lives in numerous shallow streams with clear, rather soft and acidic water.

Characteristics and disposition

Reaches up to 5 cm in length.

The body is more torpedo than like the Sumatran barb , rounded. Along the body there are two dark stripes, one along the back and the other from the mouth to the caudal fin. Creamy underbelly. The male is a bit smaller and is distinguished by a rather red color, which during the spawning period acquires a velvety-maroon shade. In the female, only the fins are decorated with red.

In aquarium breeding there is also an albino and veil variety. Slender barbs are beautiful, active and mild-tempered fish. They look best and feel best in larger groups. It is recommended to keep 6-10 or more individuals in the aquarium. Suitable for a social aquarium.

Especially recommended for beginner aquarists.

Nutrition and feeding

In the wild, they eat algae, organic debris, small insects, crustaceans, larvae and zooplankton. You can feed any available small dry food in the aquarium, but the best condition and coloring will be ensured by regular feeding with live or frozen food, e.g. bloodworm, daphnia or artemia and with the addition of spirulina.


We can keep a group of 6-10 individuals in an aquarium with dimensions of 60x30x30 cm.

They look best in tanks densely planted with vegetation and with a dark substrate. Despite the fact that they are quite bold fish, they feel more confident having a few shaded nooks and crannies where they can hide . For this purpose, you can use, for example, floating plants, roots and dry branches. They like the forced flow of water. The fish from the stores come mainly from breeding farms, are quite tough and easily adapt to the various chemical properties of the water.

The wild form prefers slightly acidic and soft water. These small barbels are perfect for a social aquarium. They can be kept with most gentle aquarium fish of similar size and requirements, e.g. other carp, tetras, viviparas, rainbow fish, loaches, catfish, cuiras.


Breeding relatively easy.

Slender barbs, like other cyprinids, spread their eggs among plants and do not care for their offspring. In mature and well kept aquariums, single fry may appear without the intervention of the aquarist. If we want to get better results, it will be necessary to set up a separate breeding aquarium. The tank is shaded and at least half filled with small-leaved plants, eg Java moss. The water should be soft to slightly hard, slightly acidic between 6.0 – 6.5 pH and 24 – 26 ° C.

Before the planned reproduction, fish are fed more often with live food. The best colored male and the thickest female are transferred to a previously prepared tank. The female lays about 300 sticky eggs during spawning. Adult fish eat their roe and, after spawning, they should be caught as quickly as possible. The male is very aggressive during courtship and the female may need to rest in a separate aquarium.

Hatching takes place after about 24 hours. We feed the free-floating larvae with micro liquid or gel foods, and as soon as they are a bit older, we start giving small live food, e.g. artemia larvae or micro nematodes.


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