Puntius semifasciolatus (golden barb)
The Golden Barb is a hardy and popular aquarium fish, almost always present in aquarium shops. Its bright colour and peaceful nature make it ideal for most community aquariums. The body of these fish may be either all gold or more commonly, with a variable degree of black speckling along the centre. The golden colour is a captive bred variety as the natural form is more silver with red fins and distinct vertical markings. Should be kept in aquariums with hiding places amongst plants and other active peaceful fish. The Golden barb is an excellent hardy aquarium fish that can also be kept in unheated aquariums.
Origin: Asia; Red River basin:
Sexing: Males are slender and may be brighter. Females are rounder.