The Golden Barb (Pethia gelius) is a very small barb species that is an excellent fish for the nano or planted aquarium. It is known for its small size, faded black striping, and very peaceful demeanor. This fish is not as heavy-bodied or boisterous as many other barb species. It is compatible with most other peaceful species that inhabit similar water conditions.
The Golden Barb typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the middle and bottom levels as well. It is safe with other peaceful, small fish. It can even be kept with dwarf shrimp, although like most fish, it may eat some shrimp fry. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can make good tank mates.
The Golden Barb must be kept in groups of 6 or more, although larger groups are more ideal. Its natural habitat typically has slow water flow and high oxygen content. It requires very clean water to thrive and it will display optimal coloration and health in a planted aquarium with dark substrate, especially where floating plants are present..
While not a picky eater, the Golden Barb will thrive and remain very colourful on a varied diet of carnivorous foods. High-quality flake food, pellets, and live, frozen, or freeze-dried Artemia, microworms, Tubifex, and finely chopped bloodworms will all be readily accepted.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful gold coloration
- Peaceful disposition with fish and peaceful invertebrates
- Very active and noticeable fish in any aquarium
- Ideal for planted aquariums
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 65 - 75° F (18°-24° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.0
- KH: 3 - 12 dKH
- Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons for a group of 6 – 8
- Diet: Micropredator. Will easily accept high quality dry and frozen foods of appropriate size.
- Social Behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.