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Cherry Barb - Punitus titteya
Origin: Sri Lanka
Maximum Size: 1.5 inches
Care: Easy fish to care for, ideally fairly soft to medium hard water, which should be around neutral pH of 7. The temperature should be 73-79 degrees fahrenheit. They will live very happily in a planted tank with plenty of plants and some free swimming space.
Feeding: Cherry barbs can exist quite happily on regular tropical fish flakes however its a good idea to supplement their diet with adult brine shrimp, and bloodworms. In the wild they exist mainly on vegetable matter so you can also feed blanched zucchinni/cucumber and watch them tear it apart!
Breeding: Barbs do not engage in any form of care for their fry after laying their eggs, and all if you want to breed them properly you should move them into a special tank set up for breeding. They will spawn on finely leaved plants and these eggs will hatch in 24 hours, like other barbs the parents will eat the eggs if given the chance. Most species require soft, slightly acid water to breed. a water change and lowering the water depth can trigger the breeding. The newly hatched fry need the finest of food, usually newly hatched Brine shrimp or very fine flake food.
Sexing: When fully grown the adult males will become an deep cherry red, females are duller almost brownish-red colour.
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