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Cherry Barb

By Clint Norwood


Cherry Barbs © Katie, AKA Bungalobetta
Species/genus: Barbus titteya
Origin: Sri Lanka
Temp: 75-81°F (24-27°C)
pH: 6 to 8 - not critical
dH: Medium - not critical
Temperament: Peaceful and active but somewhat shy in bright light
Adult Size: 2in (5cm)
Minimum Tank Size: 5 gallon
Feeding: Omnivorous - eats everything
Breeding: Scatters eggs throughout the tank, with up to 300 eggs produced. The parents will eat the eggs if not protected. The eggs should be kept in the dark while incubating.
Comments: An excellent beginners fish. The male will turn "cherry" red when ready to spawn, hence the name "Cherry Barb". A small peaceful easy to spawn fish. The fry are very small and require the tiniest foods for the first week. See Fry Food for more info.

Cherry Barbs © Katie, AKA Bungalobetta
Added By: Shona
I have 4 of these fish and they are very friendly. I haven't noticed them fight with each other either. They even clean some algae of the plants too. They school with the white clouds I have, but also swim on their own sometimes. Very peaceful fish. Their colour stands out more with darker gravel.

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