Puntius semifasciolatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cyprinidae
Origin : South East China
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min. length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English names : Golden barb, Chinese barb
Peaceful, lively schooling fish that can be kept in a community aquarium together with other peaceful fishes.  The aquarium should be placed on a sunny spot and planted densely on the sides and background.  They need a lot of free swimming space.  A dark substrate is appreciated.  On the picture is a breeding form of  P. semifasciolatus, P. schuberti.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is easy.  In the early morning sun up to 300 eggs are laid and fertilized between the plants.  Immediately after spawning the parents should be removed because they eat their own eggs.  After 30-36 hours the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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