The Cherry Barb Fish belong to the big family of cyprinids. There are a large number of different beards: bearded schuberti (yellow), bearded sumatra, titteya being one of the smallest species.
Anatomy of Cherry Barb
They are also called puntius titteya or bearded “cherry” because of their color. Males are much redder, especially during the cool season. Females have rather orange colors and are larger.
The Cherry Barb have a brownish stripe that runs from the head to the caudal fin. This line is even more pronounced in females.
These are small fish that measure 4 cm for males and 5 cm for females. If we look closely, we can observe their little mustaches!
Specific needs and nutrition
The Cherry Barb ones live in their natural environment in Sri Lanka. They like a slightly acidic water with a PH of 6 to 7. The ideal temperature is between 24 ° and 27 °.
The tank must be well planted because the beards love shaded areas. It is advisable to maintain the bearded ones with several, 5 or 6 being a good compromise, knowing that they will not form a bench in the aquarium. On the other hand, they are the champions to put animation!
The Cherry Barb ones are a bit quarrelsome between males but never hurt themselves. Unlike other species like bearded sumatra, Cherry Barb are of the peaceful kind with other species. In addition, they are not wild, even when doing the maintenance of the ferry.
The bearded ones move in the middle and at the bottom of the aquarium and they need free areas to swim. Maintained in good conditions, they can live about 3 years.
The Barbus Cherry Fish are not difficult to feed: they accept all kinds of food: glitter, granules … They are obviously fond of live food or frozen: artemias, bloodworms, red mosquito larvae …
Reproduction of Cherry Barb Fish
Reproduction is not too difficult to achieve. The couple must be richly nourished and kept in water with a pH of 6 and a temperature of 25 °.
Fine-leaved plants or java moss should be used in the breeding tank. The female lays her eggs on the plants, then the male fertilizes them. It is necessary to remove the parents who are likely to eat the fry.
The hatching usually takes place after 2 days, the fry can eat pond plankton then nauplies of artemia.
Cherry Barb Fish Pictures