Gold Golden Barb


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Golden Barbs

The hardy Golden Barb or Chinese barb, Puntius sachsi, is a species of cyprinid fish native to the Red River basin in southeast Asia. Ideal for beginners. The gold barb is an active, mildly aggressive schooling species that spends most of its time in the mid-level and bottom of the water. Its typical lifespan in captivity is around four to six years. This golden barb fish is often used in community tanks by fish keeping hobbyists.

Are Golden Barbs a shoaling fish?
Yes, Gold Barbs are a shoaling barb, which will happily shoal. Pair with six or more Golden or similar barbs (like Rosy barbs) or barbs of a similar size to encourage active shoaling behaviour.

What fish are ideal tank mates for Golden Barbs?
Several species can coexist as tank mates to the golden barb. In general, Rosy Barbs are very peaceful and do well in community tanks as long as you avoid long-finned fish to prevent fin-nipping behaviour. House Rosy Barbs will happily live with cherry barbs, danios, dwarf gourami, neon and ember tetra, swordtails and rope fish to name but a few.

Approx. supplied size: 3-4cm / 1-2"
Maximum size: 8cm / 3"
Origin: Southeast Asia
Family: Cyprinidae
Temperament: semi-aggressive, may fin-nip
Ideal number kept together: 3+ (6+ for shoaling)

Water conditions
Our conditions: temp: 22 °C pH 7.5
Ideal pH: 6.0–8.0
Ideal hardness: 10 dGH
Ideal Temperature: 22–28 °C
Lighting: moderate to high

Ease of care
Easy. Golden barbs are generally peaceful, but they do have the tendency to fin-nip so avoid housing with slow-swimming long finned fish.

Omnivore. The main food we recommend would be tropical fish flake. Occasional meaty live or frozen food can be given as a treat.

Community aquarium with caution - fin nippers. 

Moderate. Golden Barbs are egg layers. They will need a mature, dimly lit aquarium.

Life Span
Golden Gold Barbs can live to anything from 2-7 years in perfect conditions. 

For more information on general fishkeeping and our shipping procedures click here.

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 Packet/Courier items    
 Royal Mail (2-3 days)  £0.00-£49.99 £2.99
 Royal Mail Next Day (1-2 days)  £0.00-£49.99 £4.99
 Parcelforce 24 (1 day)  £0.00-£49.99 £7.99
 Parcelforce 24 (1 day)  £50 and up FREE
 Pallets (booked in)  aquariums / bulky items  

 Pallets Standard (3-5 days)


 Pallets Express (1-2 days)

 - £39.99


*EXCLUDED ITEMS  extra delivery fees apply:
 Fibreglass Ponds (booked in)    

 Zone 1 (7-10 days)

 - £79.99
 Zone 2 (7-14 days)  - £149.99
 Zone 3 (7-21 days)  - £249.99
Pond Plants (direct from grower)
All pond plants (3-10 days) one-off fee regardless of order size/value £5.99

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