Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya)

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Cherry Barb

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Male Cherry Barb

Puntius titteya

38 Litres (10 US G.)

3.8-5.1cm (1.5-2 ")




6.5 - 7.0

22.2-26.7°C (72 -80 °F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-7 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Cherry Barb, Crimson Carplet

Additional scientific names

Barbus titteya, Barbus frenatus, Capoeta titteya


Asia: Kelani to Nilwala basins, Sri Lanka. The more colorful varieties are possibly being overfished for the aquarium trade.


The male's color is much more vibrant than the female's. Males are usually bright red or orange, and the females are typically a paler yellow. Males typically have a single brown stripe, while females may have two. Females often have red gills.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Cherry barbs are not as aggressive as their cousins the Tiger Barb. They make better community fish than most Barbs and should be kept with others of their own kind, keep in groups of 6 or more although they do not tend to form discrete shoals as much as most barbs. Do not keep with slow-moving long-finned fish, although not as nippy as the Tiger Barb, it's best not to risk it.


Flake and granular foods are accepted, will appreciate live or frozen foods.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed one or two times a day sparingly.

Environment specifics[edit]

Provide this fish with a spacious tank with a good combination of both hiding places and open swimming space.


Slightly semi-aggressive. This fish is known to chase larger, but more passive fish around.


A small rounded fish with a forked caudal. They get their common name from the vivid red colouration mostly exhibited by the males. The paler females are more yellow in colouration with a bold lateral line.



Albino Cherry Barbs: Spawning pair:

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