Gold Barb – Puntius schuberti
The Gold barb comes from Southeast China. These fish are egg-layers. Gold Barbs natively live in a subtropical climate. It is a member of the carp/minnow family. The female is usually plumper than the male. These fish can live up to 5 years.
Maximum Size: The maximum length is 2.75 inches.
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons or larger tank is appropriate.
Care Level: The Gold barb is a relatively easy fish to maintain. On a scale of 1 –10, (10 being easy) it would rate a “9”.
Tank Conditions: Temperature 64 - 77°F; pH: 6.8 – 9.0; hardness 10dGH
Color: Gold barb as their pictures show are gold. There are typically black vertical stripes intermittently on its body.
Temperament: Gold barbs are active fish. They should be kept in groups of three or more. They will stay occupied with their own group and leave the other fish alone.
Diet: Omnivore - will take a varied diet of flaked foods, and small live freshwater shrimp, larvae etc. They should be fed 1 time each day. High quality vitamin enriched foods should be fed several times each week.
Habitat: Provide with live plants rocks, roots etc. The addition of at least one tablespoon of salt per gallon is advisable. Gold barbs typically are bottom dwelling fish.
Compatibility: Gold barb in general can be kept with most other species that can handle the ph and temperature requirements. It is an active fish. It is best to keep in small groups.
Remember that as you look to add more fish to a tank, you will need to increase the tank size. As with all aquarium setups, whether it is fresh or salt, consideration needs to be given to the maintenance of water quality. Too many fish can result in poor water quality that can stress and even kill our fish.