The Gold Barb (Puntius semifasciolatus) is a species of freshwater barb originating from the Red River in Asia. While there is plenty of differentiation in this species, Gold Barbs are generally characterized by their bright gold bodies, black freckling, and red or yellow fins. These specimens are still juvenile, approx. 1 inch in length.
This species of fish is great for beginners due to their hardiness and general ease of care. They are a schooling species of fish and are ideally kept in groups of at least 6 members; that being said, these fish do best in aquariums that hold at least 15 gallons of water. They prefer their water temperature to be between 72 degrees Fahrenheit and 82 degrees Fahrenheit and do best with a pH of 6.0 to 8.0. They prefer a stronger current.
Gold Barbs are omnivores and are not picky. They will readily eat flakes, pellets, vegetables, algae wafers, along with live and frozen foods such as bloodworms or brine shrimp. These fish are generally not recommended for planted tanks, as they have a tendency to pick at plants.
These fish are docile, and will generally not pick on smaller fish. They can be successfully kept with many other species of docile, community fish. They can also live in a semi-aggressive community with other barbs or larger tetra species. Be careful keeping Gold Barbs with long-finned fish, and Gold Barbs may be prone to nipping (especially in smaller schools).