Golden Barb

By: the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

Golden Barb --See more aquarium fish pictures.
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Scientific name: Barbus "schuberti"

The Golden Barb grows to 2.5 inches and should be kept in a shoal. This fish needs a large open area for swimming surrounded by plants. A water temperature between 72º and 82º Fahrenheit, a pH of 6.5 to 8.0, and soft to moderately hard water are acceptable. It will do well on flake and freeze-dried foods.


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This particular barb is unique in that its origin is unknown. It may actually be a color variation of the Chinese Barb and not a separate species at all, which is why the species name appears in quotation marks.

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