Name: Cherry Barb
Scientific Name: Barbus Titteya
Family: Cyprinidae
Origin: Sri Lanka
Adult Size: 1.5" - 2" ( 5 cm )
Social: Very friendly. Easily gets along with other fish and will often school with other species.
Lifespan: Roughly 5 years
Tank Level: All over
Minimum Tank size: 10 gallons
Tank Setup: Planted with both plenty of cover and open swimming space
Diet: Omnivore
Care: Easy / Good Beginner Fish
Breeding: Egg Layer
Ideal pH : 6.8 - 7.5
Temperature: 72-79 F (22-26 C)
Sexing : Males turn bright cherry red when mating. Females tend to be pink or brown with darker stripe.


The Cherry Barb has got to be one of my favourite fish for smaller aquariums. I currently have 4 in my 10 gallon tank, they provide a liveliness and personality to the tank that is unique and fun to watch.

The Cherry barb is a tropical fish belonging to the Barb family. (Cyprinidae). However this barb tends to be the oddball of the family and is not as prone to schooling. Although they may keep in close proximity the barbs will often explore independently and not keep in tight-knit groups.

Cherries originate from Sri Lanka, where unfortunately its wild population is endangered from overfishing. However, the barb is in no danger of extinction due to its popularity among breeders and fish keepers.

These fish are completely harmless and are excellent tank mates. They do not usually pick at other fish and tend to be more playful, even to the point where it may school with other fish of similar size. They are also excellent beginner fish, and can withstand a variety of water conditions. A few of these hardy barbs can make quick and easy work of cycling a new tank.

Despite their hardiness, these fish do have a few preferences. Due to being very active, they prefer larger tanks where they have enough room to bolt across the tank freely. They enjoy well planted tanks with rocks and driftwood, and where there are plenty of hiding spaces to hide from another agressive cherry or tank mate. Since Cherry Barbs are tropical fish they prefer water with a 6.1 - 8.0 pH, a water hardness of 5.0 - 19.0 dGH, and a temperature range of 74 - 81 °F (23 - 27 °C).

When it comes to a diet, the cherry barb is an omnivore. They will gratiously accept standard fish foods such as tropical flake foods, dried bloodworms, brine shrimp, etc. They should also be fed various green vegetables, such as spinach, zucchini, peas (skinned) and romain lettuce. Also, like any fish, be sure to feed an occasional live treat to promote health and happyness.

Cherry Barbs have a distinct look that make them easily identifiable and sexed. Females and immature males have a long, dark black horizontal stripe that stretches from their nose to their tail fin. These marks will fade in mature males as they begin to adopt a dark cherry red color, hence the name cherry barb. Females keep their stripe and stay a healthy pink or brown color.

Cherry barbs are egglayers and like to lay their eggs on fine leaved plants or in cushy plant substrates. Healthy adult barbs will spawn around 200 to 300 eggs in a single spawning. The pair will also try and eat their own eggs so they must be removed after breeding. The eggs will hatch in a day or 2, and will be free swimming around 2 days after. The fry should be fed prepared fry food, baby brine shrimp, or microworms.

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