The gold barb is the number one choice for fish enthusiasts looking for cost-effective ways to brighten up their aquariums. The gold barb is also famous in the aquarium trade as the Schuberti and the Chinese barb, but its scientific name is Barbodes semifasciolatus. It’s from the Cyprinidae family.
The gold barb is native to the Hong River that originates in Yunnan, China, and ends in the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam. Most wild-caught gold barbs have deeper green colors, in sharp contrast to the captive-bred barbs with gold and yellow hues that would make them easy prey for predators in the wild.
Gold barbs are available in virtually every pet store in the United States, with prices ranging from $3 to $4. They are hardy and peaceful community fish, making them ideal for beginner tank owners.
Gold barbs are shoaling fish. They stick with other gold barbs in the lower and middle areas of the tank as a method of keeping safe. Gold barbs that resort to solitary behavior experience a lot of stress and harassment from bigger fish.
Feeds and Feeding
Gold barbs live healthy and happy lives eating a balanced diet of meats and underwater vegetation. They can enjoy a broad range of foods that would turn off other fishes.
They love dried foods like pellets and vitamin-enriched flakes. Mix them with daphnia, brine shrimp, bloodworms, and other small live foods. Their feeding schedule should only be two to three times a day, with a length of two minutes each to make their digestive tracts work more efficiently.
Gold barbs feel confident when they can school in groups of twelve or more. Their peaceful and non-territorial behavior allows them to cohabitate with other similar-sized barbs, danios, and tetras. Most cohabitation problems arise from more aggressive and predatory tankmates that harass them.
Dwarf gouramies, zebra loaches, cory catfishes, and even guppy fishes are ideal tankmates for gold barbs. However, the best tankmate for the gold barb is itself.
Gold barbs crave social interaction with other gold barbs, and if they don’t get the opportunity to swim in open spaces in schools of six or more, they will begin to experience loneliness, disease, and even death.
How Do Gold Barbs Breed?
Gold barbs should spawn in tanks where aquarium owners can separate them from their eggs and fish, as they will eat them without active supervision. Male gold barbs can display aggressive behavior during breeding, so hiding places are essential for females.
Do Gold Barbs Nip at Fins of Other Fish?
Gold barbs will nip on other tank fish with long fins, such as the Siamese fighting fish and angelfish.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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