Cherry Barb


Rohanella titteya

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Aquarium Level Middle - Top
Water Type Freshwater
Scientific Name Barbus titteya, Capoeta titteya, Puntius titteya
Country of Origin Sri Lanka: Kelani to the Nilwala Basins. All specimens offered for sale in the trade these days are captive-bred
Temperament Peaceful
Max Size 5cm (2")
Temperature 22-27°C
pH 6.0-8.0

A fish with a long aquarium history, cherry barbs are found in relatively cool forest streams in their ancestral homelands, preferring habitats which benefit from the shade of old growth forest. These tend to be sandy with lots of leaf litter and few submerged plants, although marginal vegetation provides plenty of cover.

Although not particularly shoaling by nature, this is a social species and males generally space themselves out in discreet territories towards the lower levels of the aquarium, courting the females as they swim past in groups. As with most fish, males will show their strongest colouration when trying to impress their rivals and attract the females, so avoid the temptation to select only males despite the females' more modest colouration. As they've been bred for aquaria for many generations, domestic strains have become far redder than their wild kin, which tend to show more purple tones. As this species is threatened by habitat loss in the wild (mainly through deforestation) you are very unlikely to see these fish in captivity.

Recently an albino form has been reinvigorating the popularity of this species and this has even been bred into a long-finned variety which should be kept away from the nippier barbs which otherwise make suitable companions. For their part, cherries are excellent community fish which can be trusted with most tankmates.

A reshuffle of barb taxonomy has seen this fish moved into its own genus, Rohanella - showing the distinction between this model citizen and some of the rowdier barbs.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the following before you place an order.

Shipping Policy

We ship our fish with DX, the only courier in the United Kingdom who are licensed to ship fish and other livestock by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

We can guarantee next-day delivery for £32 between Monday and Thursday for orders placed before 1pm and for boxes up to 25kg.

We are able to ship on Friday for a Saturday arrival, but this service will cost £45.

Please note that we will not send a fish that day if overnight temperatures are due to be lower than 6 degrees Celsius.

Some of the fish we stock can be sexed and are sold in a pair of 1 male and 1 female. Please bear in mind, however, that we attempt to match them correctly to the best of our anatomic knowledge but there can be some mistakes, as it is not always guaranteed that the fish will be oppositely sexed.

All our fish are packed in double thickness bags for their safety and security.

The bags are then packed into a polystyrene box with a 40h heat pack and a cardboard outer.

After a shipping date is agreed upon, it is the responsibility of the buyer to be at home when the package arrives.

Once the fish arrive it is your responsibility to acclimatise and then quarantine them using the dripping method. All fish leave our care in good health.

International Shipping

On account of stringent regulations and certificates surrounding the shipping of live fish reintroduced following the United Kingdom’s (UK) exit from the European Union (EU) in 2016, Aquarium-Fish Ltd are no longer able to ship to the EU.

However, we are able to ship anywhere else in the world. Please get in touch if you reside outside the UK and are interested in making a purchase to discuss shipping costs and times.



Dead on Arrival (DOA)

Policy In the unfortunate but unlikely event of your livestock arriving dead we offer a fairly standard common-sense DOA policy, standard for the tropical fishkeeping hobby.

In the event that a fish is DOA, you should contact us within 2 hours of arrival. Failure to meet this timeline will void the warranty with no exceptions.

When contacting us following a DOA, please ensure you send us a video and 3 photos of the fish in the unopened sealed bag it was originally packaged in.

Please take the time to ensure that you send us clear photos. Following a DOA, we will apply the credit of the fish (Excluding shipping) towards a future purchase.

If you pay the shipping again then we can discuss sending you a replacement, or hold the total credit for a future purchase.

If you need further clarification on any of above or have any questions about out range of tropical fish for sale, please contact us via the booking form.



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