Golden barb - Puntius semifasciolatus
Scientific name: Puntius semifasciolatus
Common name: Golden barb
Usual size in fish tanks: 6 - 7 cm (2.36 - 2.76 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 21 - 26 °C (69.8 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: East Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Golden barb will accept quality flake and pellet foods, offer them a treat of blood worms and brine shrimp.
Puntius semifasciolatus originate from Asia, South West China.
Males tend to be slimmer than the females and display more coloration.
Golden Barbs, like most Barbs, will spawn early in the morning. They will scatter their eggs around the plants, usually 100 in a batch. Remove the parents after spawning, they will try to eat the eggs, these will be yellowish in coloration and should hatch after 1-2 days. When the fry are free swimming, newly hatched brine shrimp should be given to them for food.
Expected lifespan is 5-7 years.
Puntius semifasciolatus need to be kept in a group as they are a shoaling fish. The may nip at long finned tank mates; otherwise they are a good addition to the community tank.
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