Golden Barb Tropical Fish Information

Puntius semifasciolatus
Golden Barb
Behaviour Active, peaceful
Typical size 6cm
Max size 10cm
Tank Area Middle, bottom
Min Tank Size 50cm
Min Number 3
Temp Min: 18℃ Max: 24℃
Feeding Flake, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8
Hardness s,m,h
Pair of Golden Barbs Puntius semifasciolatus
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Golden Barb (Puntius semifasciolatus)

Golden Barb Tropical Fish Learn all about the Golden Barb's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Golden Barb is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Golden Barb is a hardy and popular aquarium fish, almost always present in aquarium shops. Its bright colour and peaceful nature make it ideal for most community aquariums. The body of these fish may be either all gold or more commonly, with a variable degree of black speckling along the centre. The golden colour is a captive bred variety as the natural form is more silver with red fins and distinct vertical markings. Should be kept in aquariums with hiding places amongst plants and other active peaceful fish. The Golden barb is an excellent hardy aquarium fish that can also be kept in unheated aquariums.

Golden Barb Facts

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus semifasciolatus, B. aureus, B. hainani, B. schuberti, Capoeta semifasciolata | Other names Gold Barb, Chinese Barb, Green Barb, Half-striped Barb, Schubert's Barb | Origin Asia; Red River basin | Breeding Open water egg scatterers, spawns during early dawn. Fry hatch after 30-36 hours | Sexing Males are slender and may be brighter. Females are rounder.



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