Cherry Barb – Longfin

  • Dazzling red fish with flowing fins, perfect for beginners.
  • Peaceful and thrive in groups, prefer soft water with hiding spots.
  • Live 5 years, eat various foods, and avoid fin nipping tank mates.
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Longfin Cherry Barb: A Dazzling Addition to Your Aquarium

The Longfin Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya) is a captivating freshwater fish prized for its vibrant colors and flowing fins. This easy-to-care-for barb is perfect for beginners and experienced aquarists alike.

Scientific Name: Puntius titteya

Water Quality: Longfin Cherry Barbs thrive in clean, well-maintained water. Regular partial water changes are essential.

Water Parameters:

  • pH Level: 6.0 – 7.5 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline)
  • GH Level: 5 – 12 dGH (soft to moderately hard water)
  • KH Level: 4 – 8 dKH (moderately low to moderately high carbonate hardness)

Feeding: These omnivores are not picky eaters. They readily accept a variety of foods including flakes, pellets, frozen brine shrimp, and bloodworms.

Tank Mates: Peaceful community fish are ideal tank mates. Avoid fin nippers like tetras with long fins or aggressive fish.

Substrates and Tank Decorations: A soft sandy substrate is ideal for bottom dwelling tendencies. Live plants and driftwood provide hiding spots and a natural feel.

Suitable Plants: Low-light plants like java moss, water sprite, and hornwort are all good choices.

Sexing and Breeding: Males boast a more intense red color, particularly during breeding. Breeding is possible in a well-conditioned tank with spawning mops.

Maximum Size and Longevity: Longfin Cherry Barbs reach about 2 inches (5 cm) in length and can live up to 5 years with proper care.

Behavior: These active fish are schooling fish, meaning they prefer to be in groups of 6 or more. They are peaceful and will add a vibrant splash of color to your tank.

Things to Consider Before Buying:

  • Longfin Cherry Barbs are susceptible to fin nipping from aggressive tank mates.
  • They require regular water changes to maintain good water quality.
  • Schools of at least 6 fish are recommended for a happy and thriving community.

General Information: Longfin Cherry Barbs are native to the streams and rivers of Sri Lanka.

Fun Fact: Despite their delicate appearance, Longfin Cherry Barbs are a relatively hardy fish species.


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Sri Lanka

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Care Level


Potential of Hydrogen

pH Level Aquarium pH measures water acidity/alkalinity. 7 is neutral. Fish have pH preferences; maintain ideal levels for their health and stability.

6.0 – 7.5

General Hardness

GH Level GH (General Hardness) in aquariums measures minerals like calcium and magnesium. It affects fish health by showing water\'s mineral content.

5 – 12 dGH

Carbonate Hardness

KH Level KH (Carbonate Hardness) in an aquarium stabilizes pH. It acts like a shield, keeping the water conditions just right for fish.

4 – 8 dKH


Temperature Ideal temperature needed for fish

23°C – 27°C

How long will I live

Life Span

5 Years

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