Max Size: 7.5cm

Gold Barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus)

The gold barb is a hardy, peaceful fish that can tolerate a vast range of water parameters; they are very colourful and get along with most tank mates, making it an ideal fish for beginners.

The gold barb has a sloped back and short barbels positioned at the corners of the mouth, it is mostly gold with small dark patches running along the lateral line of the body.

Healthy specimens may also have a red colouration on the fins.

The natural colour of this barb is green, but the green version is rarely seen in the aquarium trade due to the strong popularity of the gold form.

These species do not do very well in planted aquariums as they may nibble at the plants if given a chance, so best to avoid a lot of plants if possible.

Tank Mates for the Gold Barb

1 ideal tank mate ideas for the Gold Barb include:

Giant Chocolate Gourami(Sphaerichthys acrostoma)
Quick Facts
Scientific NameBarbodes semifasciolatus
Other NamesChinese Barb, Green Barb, Schubert's Barb
OriginsChina, Vietnam
Aquarium LevelMiddle - Top
Lifespanup to 5 year
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH1 - 10
64 - 75℉
17.8 - 23.9℃

Photos of the Gold Barb

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Natural Habitat

The Gold Barbs are native to the free-flowing freshwaters of the Red River basin in Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Southern China and the Mekong Basin.

You may also find them in places like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Uruguay, and Hawaii, where they have more than likely been purposely introduced.

What to feed the Gold Barb

Gold Barbs will accept any food that is available to them, feed them

High-quality flake foods, freeze-dried or frozen brine shrimp, bloodworm, and vegetables.

The solution is to add as much variety as possible to sustain your fish in good health.

How to sex the Gold Barb

It is quite easy to determine the different sexes of these fish.

The females are much duller and larger than the males and have more rounded stomachs, whereas the males are brightly coloured, more streamlined and smaller than the females.

How to breed the Gold Barb

Gold barbs are moderately easy to breed, you will need a separate breeding tank that is densely planted with fine-leafed plants such as java moss, you can also use Spawning mops or a mesh on the base of the aquarium to allow the eggs to fall through, where the parents can't reach them.

It would be better if you made sure there are lots of hiding spots for the female, as the male can be quite intrusive during the spawning process.

The Lights in the tank should be dimly lit, the water should be soft, and the PH should be relatively low, and the filter needs to be slow flowing.

You can attempt to spawn the fish in pairs, selecting the healthiest female and the most vibrant male, or groups with half a dozen of each sex, condition them with live foods for several days prior for the utmost success.

Once spawning has taken place, and the eggs have been laid, they should hatch a couple of days later.

Frquently asked questions about the Gold Barb

Are Gold Barbs a shoaling fish?

Yes, Gold Barbs are shoaling fish that are best maintained in groups of six or more individuals. It would be better to house these fish with other schooling fishes to provide security, and in return, you shall be rewarded with a more natural-looking display. The interaction between rival males is fascinating to observe, and they will display their best colours when competing for the hierarchical position or female attention.

Are Gold Barbs aggressive?

Gold Barbs are somewhat peaceful and definitely not as aggressive as other Barb species. Therefore, these Barbs will get on well in community aquariums as long as you do not house them with long-finned species.

How big do Gold Barbs get?

Gold Barbs can grow up to 7.5 cm in length, with the females being slightly larger than the males.

What do Gold Barbs look like?

Gold Barbs have gold coloured bodies with small dark to black patches running down the lateral line and upper half of their body. Sometimes these appear as vertical bars. The tips of their fins are somewhat see-through; however, some species are bred with red fins. There is also an albino version of this fish.

What should I feed my Gold Barbs?

Gold Barbs are not fussy and are easily fed. However, it would be best to offer your Barbs regular meals of small live and frozen foods for the best colours and condition. These foods can include brine shrimp, bloodworm, and daphnia combined with good quality dried flakes and granules, some of which need to have an additional plant or algal content.

Which tankmates are suitable for my Gold Barbs?

Fish that inhabit similar biotopes in the wild, especially similarly-sized, peaceful Cyprinids, would be the best choice for tankmates. However, other possible species could include Cobitid, Balitorid and Nemacheilid Loaches, as well as Garra species and Benthic Cyprinids such as Crossocheilus.

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Date Added: 23/08/2020 - Updated: 05/01/2022 16:15:57