- Scientific name: Barbodes semifasciolatus var. 'Schuberti'
- Synonyms: Puntius semifasciolatus var. 'Schuberti', Barbus schuberti
- Common name: Gold barb
- Group: Cyprinids
- Habitat: Asia; Southeast China
- Size: 7 cm
- Biotope: In the wild, they inhabit running water.
- Social behavior: Peaceful and best kept in schools of 6 or more.
- Diet: Omnivore, they will eat flakes, live and freeze dried foods such as brine shrimp, blood worms and daphnia.
- Breeding: Quite easy
- Tank: Minimum 90 litres
- Population: 5-6 fishes for 90 litres
- Decoration: Roots, thick vegetation.
- Temperature: 23-25 °C
- pH: 6-8
- Hardness: 5-8,5NK°
- Lifespan: 6 years
Description: The Gold Barb is an active, peaceful schooling species that spends most of its time in the mid-level and bottom of the water. Its typical lifespan in captivity is around four to six years. This peaceful green-gold fish is often used in community tanks by fish keeping hobbyists. It flocks breed readily in outdoor pools and free-standing ponds during summer months, and withstands cooler temperatures better than other tropical fish.
The gold barb is a medium-long barb. Adults have highly arched backs and a short pair of barbels on the upper jaw at the corners of the mouth. The back is light to reddish brown, the sides are metallic green or yellow-green, with a brassy or golden sheen below. The belly is whitish, turning orange-red in males at mating time. Females can be distinguished by their dull colors and their overall bulk. The average size of adults is 2.75 to 3 inches (7 - 8 centimeters).
It is believed that the reproductive cycle of this fish can be closely tied to the cycles of the moon. Males may take on a slightly different color when in breeding mode. They will need an aquarium with plants because they spawn in the plants, such as java moss. You will have to remove the adults because they most likely will eat the eggs. Fry should hatch in a couple days and then you'll need to feed them liquid fry food and baby brine shrimp or other good fry foods.
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