A female titteya barb.
I had never come across the Cherry barb earlier
Written on 24-06-2018 11:54 by cab
I bought 5 Cherry barbs in an aquatic shop in Frederikshavn. They had a tank with mixed fishes where you could catch the fish you wanted by yourself - a pretty good idea, especially for the youngest hobbyist (or me). The fish cost 4 DKK each and 35 DKK for 10.
In the tank
I kept mine in a community tank where they really showed of their beautiful colors and their peaceful but vivid behavior. When they become mature it is quite easy to tell the sexes apart. The male is the most red and with a slender body, where the female is more towards a brown color and a plumb body (mostly when the eggs add up). Since the males sometimes chased the females, I decided to try to breed them.
I set up a small tank with marbles in the bottom and some Java moss. Then I selected a plump female and a slender male and put into the tank. Nothing happened apparently. They were standing in opposite corners of the tank and eventually I gave up and instead I caught some zebra Danios and I put them in the same tank since it was still ready for some breeding. The zebras spawned a good portion of eggs and after a month or so, I was quite surprised when I suddenly discovered 2 small cherry barbs among the zebras.
I never got around to give them another try, but it is really a beautiful fish which is both interesting and entertaining to watch.
The titteya barb is on the ICU red list in the "LOWER RISK" category.
Open water egg scatterer
Knud Pedersen , email hidden wrote at 2020-08-06 10:07:17
Jeg har for ca. en uge siden købt 10 titteyabarber, og sat den i mit selskabsakvarie på 200 ltr. Det er et temmelig højt et af slagsen (60 cm). De ser ud til at have det godt, gemmer sig meget i planterne, min bekymring er bare om de får noget at spise. Alle de andre fisk farer til overfladen, undtagen div maller. Fodrer med flager, granulat og tørrede daphnier og optøet frostfoder. Jeg synes bare ikke at titteyaerne får noget at spise, de går mest i midten, og de andre fisk har snuppet maden, inden det når at synke til midten/bunden. Titteyaerne går ikke gerne til overfladen, vil det komme med tiden? Kan jeg gøre noget ekstra specielt. Vh Kmud.
Reply from webmaster: De plejer at sørge for at få den mad de skal have og det lyder som om du giver varieret foder, så jeg vil mene at de nok skal finde hen til maden når de er faldet helt til i akvariet. Hvis det fortsætter og du ikke synes de får noget kunne du evt. prøve med foder i tablet eller pellet form - de synker ned mod bunden.
Chris wrote at 2007-04-28 01:56:15
Cherry BArbs are not fin nippers
Reply from webmaster: No, I agree - who said they were?