Golden Barb (Barbodes Semifaciolatus)
Native Location: China
Size: 7.5cm (3 inches)
Temperature Range: 20 – 25℃ (68 – 77℉)
Preferred pH Range: 6.0 – 8.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 75L (20 gallons)
Potential Tankmates: Tetras, Danios, Gouramis
Care Level: Easy
Bright-yellow and great contrast for aquariums, Golden Barbs are among some of the most popular Barb species. They are attractive, hardy fish, so perfect for beginners and still adored by experts.
Golden Barbs are primarily omnivores, eating almost anything that gets dropped into their tank. They will enjoy a mixture of larvae, worms and vegetation. A varied diet will benefit the health of Golden Barbs. Flake, pellet, and frozen foods will also be accepted. Golden Barbs are schooling fish, meaning they will need to be kept in a group of at least six of their kind. But because of their peaceful nature and size, unlike the likes of Tiger Barbs, Golden Barbs make excellent community tankmates. Pair them with short-finned Tetra, Danios and Gouramis. Golden Barbs are hardy, as they come from free-flowing streams and rivers in the wild. They will need a decent current in their aquarium environment.
Golden Barbs are known to nip at fish with longer fins, such as Angelfish and Bettas.
They will want to occupy the middle and bottom regions of the tank. Golden Barbs may not do well in planted aquariums. They will want to nip at all your vegetation, so choose hardier vegetation or plant them sparsely. Golden Barbs do not have specific tank décor requirements, but their colours will come up better against a dark substrate.
Females colours can appear much duller than males, and their bodies will be plumper in the belly. But the belly of mature males will turn red or red-orange when they are ready to spawn. As they breed through egg scattering, you will need them in a separate tank, providing spawning mops or fine-leafed plants. Also, provide plenty of hiding spots for females as males can be quite aggressive during the breeding season, and females will need places to hide away. Lighting should be dim, and water should have a gentle flow. Spawning should typically occur between early morning and dawn. Remove adults from the tank once spawning has occurred.