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Golden barb

Picture of Golden barb

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?
Synonyms:Puntus 'schuberti'
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.
Temperature:18-24oC (64-75oF)
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.
Comments: 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.




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