Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Golden barb, Schubert's barb, Green/Half-striped barb|
|Scientific name:||Puntius semifasciolatus x Puntius sachsii?|
|Size:||Up to 4" (10cm), but usually smaller.|
|Origin:||Asia, but the gold form does not occur in the wild.|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank with some swimming space for this active shoaler.|
|Compatibility:||Community tank, an active species but not aggressive.|
|Water chemistry:||Not too critical, but soft and slightly acidic preferred.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous, most foods accepted.|
|Sexing:||Females are thicker bodied.|
|Breeding:||An egg scatterer, which is likely to eat many of its own eggs.
Spawning usually occurs in the morning. Eggs hatch in 1-2 days.|
This is a hardy and active fish, ideal for the general community aquarium.
Some sources claim this fish is a tank-bred hybrid of Puntius/Barbodes semifasciolatus x Puntius sachsii, while others believe it to be a cultivated form of wild
Puntius/Barbodes semifasciolatus. What is certain is that it is a commercially bred form and does not occur in the wild.