Despite its small size and apparently delicate appearance, the Golden Dwarf Barb is relatively hardy and easy to keep. It should, however, only be kept with other small species. Markings vary among individuals, but all specimens are attractive, particularly under lighting conditions that allow the golden body sheen to glisten. Males of the species are slimmer than the females.
- Puntius gelius
- Widely reported as from central India, but also known from eastern and northeastern India.
- Up to 1 1/2in (4cm), but often smaller.
- A sociable shoaling species that should never be kept either as single specimens or pairs.
- Large selection of small livefoods and commercial diets accepted; vegetable supplement recommended.
- May be kept in smaller aquaria, but does well in larger ones; both open swimming areas and plant thickets are recommended. Sottish, slightly acid to neutral water is recommended. Temperature range: as low as 61 F (16 ; C) during winter, up to 72F (22 C) at other times, and slightly higher for breeding.
- This species lays its eggs on the underside of a broad leaf (when such plants are available). Hatching takes about 1 day.