Cherry Barbus (Puntius titteya) – A frequent guest of aquariums, these fish are unpretentious and very attractive due to their cherry color. In the wild, barbs can be found in the waters of Colombia and Mexico and the waters of Sri Lanka.
photo: Cherry barb – schooling fish
The barb body is oblong, slightly flattened at the sides. These fish grow to 4-5 centimeters. On the upper jaw, the antennae can be seen, on the anal and dorsal fin a black edging stands out brightly against a red background.
In males, the color is bright red, its intensity depends on the conditions of detention. On the scales, black dots indicate the lateral line. In females, the body is silver-olive, with yellow fins.
These are rather shy fish, they spend the lion’s share of time hiding in the thickets of plants, prefer to keep in flocks.
photo: Male (below) and female cherry barbus
Barbs need an aquarium with a volume of 50-100 liters, temperature range 23-27 degrees, pH 6.0-8.0, hardness may fluctuate. In the aquarium there should be a lot of plants, both deep and floating, because the fearful barbs often hide in their thickets.
Leave a place for swimming, create a small current, equip the aquarium with a filter and aerator. By the way, it is recommended to keep barbs in flocks of 4-5 individuals.
Other harmless fish – neons, danios, corridors and others can become companions for a cherry barb, but it’s impossible to contain a cherry barb with aggressive neighbors. Barbusses are omnivorous, they perfectly eat both dry and live food (daphnia, cyclops), some types of algae.
photo: Cherry Barbus prefers plant shelters
Breeding barbs is carried out in small aquariums 10-15 liters, with plants and a constant temperature of 26-28 degrees. During spawning, the female can sweep 200 eggs – they are attached to the leaves, but do not hold too tightly, so it is better to put a separator net on the bottom. For spawning, for a couple of weeks, the female and the male are kept separately and fed abundantly, and then placed in an aquarium.
After spawning, the producers are deposited, the incubation period is approximately one day. After 2-3 days, the fry begin to swim, they can be fed live dust, infusoria, Nauplii Artemia.
- The cherry barbus came to Europe in 1936, this fish was first brought to the USSR in 1956;
- Now almost all the individuals represented on the markets are bred in artificial conditions. In nature, the population of barbs began to decline sharply due to the increased interest of aquarists;
- In Asia, this species is listed in the Red Book, there are several nurseries that are engaged in the restoration of the population in the wild.