Barbodes semifasciolatus, the Chinese barb, is a species of cyprinid fish native to the Red River basin in southeast Asia where they occur in fresh waters at depths of 5 metres or less. The captive variant popularly known as the gold barb or Schuberti barb is an extremely popular aquarium fish.
Approx. size: 5cm
Maximum size: 7.5cm
Origin: Southeast Asia
Ideal number kept together: 3+
Ideal aquarium size: 60cm / 90L+
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Temperature: 22–28 °C
Ease of care
Easy. This tropical fish is great for hobbyist at all levels however they do need good soft water conditions.
Community of similar size. Peaceful but exercise caution with Angel or Bettas - can nip long fins.
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Egg layers. Intermediate. A dedicated tank with dim lighting will be required along with specific sterile water conditions.
They can live to anything from 5-7 years in perfect conditions.