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Cherry Barb Care Guide Description

The Cherry Barb, scientifically known as Puntius titteya, is a small, vibrant fish that is highly prized for its stunning red coloration and peaceful nature. These fish are a great addition to community aquariums and are appreciated for their hardy and easy-going disposition.

Behavior: Cherry Barbs are peaceful and relatively shy fish, especially when kept alone. They thrive in groups of six or more, which helps them feel more secure and display their best colors. They are active swimmers but tend to stay in the middle to lower regions of the tank.

Tank Requirements: Provide a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots and open swimming areas. A tank size of at least 20 gallons is recommended to house a small group of Cherry Barbs. Include plants, rocks, and driftwood to mimic their natural habitat and offer cover.

Water Parameters: Maintain stable water conditions with temperatures ranging from 73°F to 81°F (23°C to 27°C) and a pH level between 6.0 to 7.5. Cherry Barbs prefer slightly acidic to neutral water. Regular water changes and efficient filtration are crucial to keep the water quality high and ensure their health.

Diet: Cherry Barbs are omnivorous and will readily accept a variety of foods. Provide a balanced diet that includes high-quality flakes or pellets, along with live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia. Incorporating vegetable matter like blanched spinach or spirulina-based foods can help maintain their vibrant coloration and overall health.

Compatibility: Cherry Barbs are peaceful and can coexist with a wide range of other similarly peaceful fish. Suitable tank mates include tetras, rasboras, danios, and other small, non-aggressive fish. Avoid housing them with large or aggressive species that might intimidate or outcompete them.

By adhering to these care guidelines, you can provide a suitable environment for the Cherry Barb and promote its health and well-being in your aquarium.