Gold Barb
Barbodes semifasciolatus

Care Level




Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2 - 5

Minimum Tank Size



Black, Gold, Green, Orange



Water Conditions

Slightly acidic (6.2-7.6 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (3-8 dKH), 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit


General: The Gold Barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus) are a relatively hardy, and peaceful species of Barb. They naturally occupy woody rivers of southeast Asia. Regardless of a more peaceful temperament, the Gold Barb should still be kept in a 3:1, female to male ratio. The Gold Barb should also be kept in schools of five, or more, per ten gallons.

Fecundity: The Gold Barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus) female may produce a couple hundred eggs per clutch.

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Baby Brine Shrimp, Brine Shrimp, Bloodworms, Blackworms, Insects, Daphnia, Spirulina, and Boiled Cucumber

Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly acidic (6.2-7.6 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (3-8 dKH)

Dimorphism: The Gold Barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus) male will develop a brightened red, and gold coloration when ready to reproduce. The female will retain her original, less vibrant coloration. Also, the female Gold Barb will take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.

Compatibility: The Gold Barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus) are typically compatible with Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Corydoras, Hillstream Loach, Kuhli Loach, Dojo Loach, and Rainbowfish.

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Author: Aquatics Unlimited