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Neon Golden Barb

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Common & Latin Name: Neon Golden Barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus)

Care level: Easy
Max Size: 7cm
Diet: Omnivore
Temp: 18-27°C
PH: 6.5-7
Temperament: Peaceful
Origin: Asia
Approximate purchase size: 2-4cm


Golden Barbs are hardy easy to keep. They require good water quality and do well in planted aquariums with bog wood and sandy or gravel substrate.

How large can they grow?
The fish you will receive will be around 3-4cm. Fully grown adults can reach up to 7cm in size.

Where in the world are they from?
Originating from the Red River basin in China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

What is the ideal number to keep together?
Being a shoaling fish these fish are best kept in groups of 6 or more.

What water conditions do they require?
Temperature ranges of 18-27C and a PH of 7 is best for these Barb's.

What should you feed them?
In their natural habitat, this species lives on a diet of insects and their larva, as well as worms, vegetation, and even detritus. In other words, it's a prime example of an omnivore, eating about anything available. To maintain optimal health, a varied diet is advisable. Flake, pellet, freeze-dried and frozen foods will all be readily accepted. When possible include live foods, such as insects, brine shrimp, and worms of all types. Fresh vegetables are an excellent supplement and will be readily accepted.

How compatible are they with other fish?
The peaceful nature of this species makes them an excellent choice for community aquariums of other similarly sized peaceful fish including Tetra, Angelfish and Sharks. Please check our compatibility chart for more details.

Can they be bred in captivity?
Yes, breeding these fish can make a great breeding project. Slow growing they will need great water quality and plenty of feeding. Breeding pairs will usually form when kept in groups. The fish you will receive are commercially bred for the hobby.

If you require any advice on keeping these, please contact us and speak to member of the team.


Answer: Yes, fish are absolutely fine to be shipped, fish stores have their fish shipped to them also so it doesn't make a difference whether buying online or at a store. Your fish will have been shipped at some point. We want our quality livestock to be delivered in the best condition. We use high-quality poly boxes and heat packs. We ensure the bags are filled with pure oxygen and double bagged. We also use a reliable 24-hour licensed courier.


Answer: The 20 Best tropical fish for beginners we recommend are: Guppies – Poecilia reticulata Neon Tetras – Paracheirodon innesi Platy – Xiphophorus maculatus Zebra Danio – Danio rerio Dwarf Gourami – Trichogaster lalius Betta – Betta Splendens Silver Dollar – Metynnis argenteus Peppered Corydoras Catfish – Corydoras paleatus Tiger Barb – Barbus tetrazona Swordtail – Xiphophorous helleri Cardinal Tetra – Paracheirodon axelrodi Firemouth Cichlid Dwarf Cichlid Plecostomus – Hypostomus plecostomus Killifish – Fundulus majalis Mollies – Poecilia sphenops Cherry barb – Puntius titteya Harlequin Rasbora – Trigonostigma heteromorpha Loaches – Cobitidae Angelfish – Pterophyllum scalare


Answer: If you are thinking of keeping tropical fish, you need to know about the following main things: Size of your aquarium Firstly decide how much space you have for your new fish tank. Always go as big as you can fit, the bigger the better with fish keeping. Deciding what to fish to keep This will depend on the size of your aquarium. Research how big a fish is and will grow to. Small community to medium sized community set-ups are best to start with, unless you’re looking to create a biotope or species tank. Cycling your aquarium This is a very important part of keeping your cold water or tropical aquarium. Your filter is just a sponge and is no different than your washing-up sponge…until it’s “cycled” and loaded with beneficial bacteria. Maintaining your aquarium You should clean your tank on a weekly basis. A small 10-20% water change will help remove any build up of waste. Siphon your substrate and clean the glass, this will keep your tank nice and clean for your fish.


Answer: Yes, tropical fish will require a heater. A heater ensures the temperature stays steady during the course of the day. Generally, 25°C is the optimum temperature to keep most tropical fish, this is similar to what they are used to in their natural habitat.


Answer: The equipment you will need when it comes to caring for tropical fish include: A suitable fish tank Aquarium lighting Substrates and aquarium plants to help create a healthy ecosystem A filter system to keep your water clean and clear An aquarium heater A thermometer to keep to checks that the temperature is stable Aquarium test kits to check pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels Cleaning tools


Answer: In general, most tropical fish thrive on one or two feedings per day. You’ll need to adjust the quantity of food according to the size and quantity of fish in your tank. If your aquarium is new and you have just added your first fish, feed every other day and count the amount of food you are adding. A “pinch” is not accurate enough and may lead to overfeeding your fish.

What is Backorder?

Answer: Available on backorder means we do not have the item currently in stock but are able to order it in and get it out to you quickly.

What is your special local delivery

Answer: This is where we can deliver livestock to you ourselves to save it going to a courier. This means it will be handled with optimum care same day within the local area of our shop.

If you have any questions about this product please feel free to contact us and speak to a member of the team.

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If you live within a 10 mile radius of Birmingham University, and your order is £30 or over (not including postage), you qualify for the option to use our Delta Prime delivery service. This means delivery is at a discounted rate and is also hand delivered by ourselves. For livestock this means there’s no overnight shipping, and hand delivered with care by us. Once your order has been placed, we will contact you to arrange time for delivery. Depending on booking slots, orders placed before 12pm, can be delivered the same day or whenever suits you.


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7 Days a Week: 3pm-7pm

2 reviews for Neon Golden Barb

  1. amandawelch1992 (verified owner)

    All 5 arrived in great condition, they are a really good colour, water quality they arrived in was great really good value for money very pleased with purchase

  2. Sahina Colaco Dias (verified owner)

    Amazing value for money and settled right in.

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