Puntius titteya, also known as the Cherry Barb:
– Adults typically reach a maximum size of about 2 inches (5 cm).
– A tank of at least 20 gallons is suitable for a small group.
– Provide hiding places using plants, driftwood, and decorations.
– Use plants like Java moss and floating plants to create natural environments.
– Temperature: 68°F to 81°F (20°C to 27°C).
– pH: 6.0 to 7.5.
– Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water.
– Incorporate live plants to mimic their natural habitat and provide hiding spots.
– Use subdued lighting to create a comfortable environment.
– Omnivorous species with a varied diet.
– Offer high-quality flake food, micro pellets, and supplement with small live or frozen foods like daphnia, brine shrimp, and bloodworms.
**Behavior and Compatibility:**
– Peaceful and social fish suitable for community tanks.
– Keep them in groups of 6 or more to reduce stress and encourage natural behaviors.
– Compatible with other small, non-aggressive fish.
– Regular water changes of 20-30% to maintain water quality.
– Monitor water parameters and ensure stability.
– These fish are egg scatterers.
– Provide fine-leaved plants or a spawning mop for them to lay eggs.
– Consider a separate breeding tank to protect the eggs from being eaten.
– Raise the fry on infusoria and later baby brine shrimp.
– Observe their behavior to ensure their well-being and interactions with tankmates.
– Maintain a clean environment and proper nutrition for their health.
– Avoid overfeeding and overcrowding, which can lead to health problems.
Remember, while the above information provides a general guideline, individual fish may have their own preferences and behaviors. Regular observation and adjustments to care are important for maintaining the health and happiness of your Cherry Barbs.