Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya) Fish Some Facts


The Cherry Barb Puntius titteya (already known as Barbus titteya) is an entirely little naturally glorified fish that positions close to the highest point of the prongs in ubiquity. It is a very popular aquarium fish that likes plants and mosses. Its name infers, the Cherry Barb can build up a dark red “cherry” shading, which amid during egg laying period when the male turns into a splendid, lovely red. Wild-fished Cherry Barbs are more seriously shaded than their hostage reproduced partners. This fish is named called the Red Cherry Barb, and a pale skinned person shading transform, the Albino Cherry Barb, has been reared artificially. According to National Red Data List (IUCN, 2000) this ornamental fish species is considered to be the most threatened one. Similarly in Srilanka according to Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act No 2 of 1996, the concerned department had implemented the banned policy over the exportation of only this fish.

Natural Habitat:

Cherry Barb are local to Sri Lanka, yet they are currently making homes in Mexico and Colombia, where they live in vast gatherings in vigorously shaded, quiet waterways. Their numbers are declining in the wild; nonetheless, their numbers in the aquarium exchange are flourishing. They flourish in blustery areas, this implies they are adjusted to a tropic atmosphere with little temperature change. Barbs are found in little lakes and streams of the heavy rain forest area. Light does not infiltrate the covering great, which means they don’t get much light. Root frameworks frequently assume control over the banks of the lakes just as leaf litter on the base, covering the sand. These fish are extremely hardy. They do not usually pick up diseases as long as you keep the water conditions as stable as possible. There are not many things to know but a couple of things you have to do, to keep these fish cheerful; keeping these fish in gatherings is an unquestionable requirement. These fish are exceedingly social and require the gathering to be dynamic in the water segment. The ideal ratio is 1 male for every 2 females in combine gathering/group when placed in captivity.

Feeding Strategy:

In the wild Cherry Barbs will eat anything they can get in their mouth. They are of omnivorous behaviour by nature. They eat like Diatoms, algae, plant matter, small insects, worms, crustaceans, and other zooplankton all make a great meal for these little fish. Whereas in aquarium you can provide them with Frozen or live foods like brine shrimp, daphnia, or blood worms will keep these fish happy. They love to have flakes that contain some amount of plant material.

Breeding Facts:

It is a schooling species by nature because they love to live in groups. Adult males are noticeably smaller, slimmer, and more colourful than females, especially when in reproducing condition. Cherry Barbs lay eggs up to 200-300. These fish will reproduce in regions with densely planted area to store the eggs. Breeding temperatures are between 74 and 79° F (24 – 26° C). The eggs are sticky and will be seen dangling from aquarium plants by a little string. Cherry Barbs are respectably simple to breed, and easy to raise and take care of its fry.

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