Gold Barb - Planted Tank Mates

Gold Barb

3” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6-8 | Peaceful

Barbodes semifasciolatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 3 – 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails.  Avoid fish with long fins like bettas and guppies.

Notes

Gold Barbs are actually peaceful compare to other barb species.  They grow up to 3″ in size and are great tank mates with general nano community fish.

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Description

3” | 6 or more | 20 gal

PH 6-8 | Peaceful

2.5" | 5 or more | 10 gal

PH 6.5 - 7.5 | Peaceful

1.5" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.2 | Peaceful

1.25" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

1.25" | 6 or more | 10 gal

PH 6-7.5 | Peaceful

4" | 6 or more | 30 gal

PH 7 - 8 | Peaceful

Content

Barbodes semifasciolatus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 – 8

dGH: 3 - 10

dKH: 4 – 7

Tank Size: 20 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Platies, Loaches, Otocinclus and snails.  Avoid fish with long fins like bettas and guppies.

Notes

Gold Barbs are actually peaceful compare to other barb species.  They grow up to 3" in size and are great tank mates with general nano community fish.

Danio rerio

Characteristics:

Max Size: 2.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 74°

PH: 6.5 – 7.5

dGH: 3 – 10

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 5 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina and Neocaridina shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Celestial Pearl Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, snails

Notes

Zebra Danios are very hardy and peaceful fish.  They have elongated, narrow bodies with horizontal stripes from head to tail.  They show shoaling tendencies when kept in large groups and go well with many other community fish.

Trigonostigma heteromorpha

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.5″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 72 – 82

PH: 6 - 7.2

dGH: 3 – 6

dKH: 4 – 8

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Caridina and Neocaridina Shrimp, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches and Otocinclus

Notes

Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths.

Paracheirodon innesi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Gold Neon Tetras are a cousin to Neon Tetras and are also great beginner fish.  They can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Learn the difference between Cardinal vs. Neon Tetras

Paracheirodon innesi

Characteristics:

Max Size: 1.25″

Care Level: Easy

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 68° – 75°

PH: 6 – 7.2

dGH: 4 – 8

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 10 gal

Grouping: 6 or more

Tank Mates

Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Dwarf Gourami, Angelfish, Guppies, Loaches, Otocinclus, dwarf shrimp and snails

Notes

Neon Tetras are great beginner fish.  The reason is because they can tolerate both acidic and low alkaline water conditions. This makes them hardier than Cardinal Tetras and a bit easier to keep. Their size is also smaller in comparison, approximately 1-1.25” max.  You’ll find them in almost every local fish store including commercial big box retailers.  General rule is 2 gallons per fish. 10 Gallon tank at a minimum, but push for 20 or more for healthy and happy fish. Avoid aggressive or territorial species or large fish with big mouths such as cichlids.

Learn the difference between Cardinal vs. Neon Tetras

Melanotaenia lacustris

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Intermediate

Behavior: Peaceful

Dwelling: Middle of tank

Diet: Omnivore

Water Movement: Slow Moving

Parameters

Temperature: 75° – 82°

PH: 7 – 8

dGH: 8 – 20

dKH: 3 – 7

Tank Size: 30 gal

Grouping: 6

Tank Mates

 Cherry Barbs, Tetras, Rasboras, Danios, Dwarf Gouramis, Hatchetfish, Mollies, Guppies, Plecos, Dwarf Corydoras, Loaches, Otocinclus and even Dwarf Shrimp.

Notes

Also known as Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish or Blue Rainbowfish, Turquoise Rainbowfish are simlar Boesemani Rainbowfish and are peaceful middle-top dwellers with small mouths.  They do well in a community with many nano fish including cherry barbs.  Minimize plant and decoration density and aim for 48" long tank to give them ample swimming space.

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