Gold Barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus) Fish Species Profile
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.
|Scientific Name||Barbodes semifasciolatus|
|Other Names||Chinese Barb, Green Barb, Schubert's Barb|
|Aquarium Level||Middle - Top|
|Lifespan||up to 5 year|
|Maximum Size||up to 7.5 cm|
|Temperature||64 - 75 ℉ (17.8 - 23.9 ℃)|
|PH||6.0 - 8.0|
|GH||1 - 10|
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.
Gold Barbs will accept any food that is available to them, feed them
High-quality flake foods, freeze-dried or frozen brine shrimp, blood worms, and vegetables.
The solution is to add as much variety as possible to sustain your fish in good health.