Golden barb

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This species may be confused with either the gold barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus var. schuberti) or the goldfinned barb (Puntius sachsii).
Golden barb
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Pethia
Species: P. gelius
Binomial name
Pethia gelius
(F. Hamilton, 1822)
  • Barbus gelius (F. Hamilton, 1822)
  • Cyprinus gelius F. Hamilton, 1822
  • Puntius gelius (F. Hamilton, 1822)
  • Systomus gelius (F. Hamilton, 1822)

The golden barb or golden dwarf barb (Pethia gelius) is a species of cyprinid fish native to inland waters in Asia, and is found in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. It has also been introduced to waters in Colombia. It natively inhabits rivers, and standing water with a silty bottom. They live in a tropical climate in water with a 6.0 - 6.5 pH, a water hardness of 8 - 15 dGH, and a temperature range of 68 - 77 °F (20 - 25 °C). It feeds on benthic and planktonic crustaceans, and insects. This species can grow in length up to 5.1 centimetres (2.0 in) TL. It can also be found in the aquarium trade.[2]

The golden barb is an open water, substrate egg-scatterer, and adults do not guard the eggs. They primarily spawn in shallow water.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dahanukar, N. 2010. Pethia gelius. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <>. Downloaded on 03 May 2013.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Pethia gelius" in FishBase. April 2013 version.