The cherry barb Puntius tittleye
is a small tropical freshwater fish belonging to the spotted barb genus (Puntius
) of the huge minnow family Cyprinidae
. This and other barb species are also commonly referred to with the generic names Barbus
. Females are a golden brown, males are a rosy color and become deep red during breeding. Native to shady, calm, shallow streams in Sri Lanka, the cherry barb is a popular aquarium fish readily bred in captivity. They have been commercially transported and available around the world. Cherry barbs are one of the more peaceful barb species, and do well in aquaria especially in schools of five or six. Fishbase reports that colorful variants are becoming rare in native streams possibly because they have been overfished for the aquarium trade, destruction of their native habitats is also a danger. Non-native populations have become established in Mexico and Columbia. Cherry barbs are omnivorous, eating small invertebrates including mosquito larvae, plant matter and algae in the wild.
(Froese and Pauly 2000
; Wikipedia 2011