Melon Barb Tropical Fish Information

Puntius fasciatus
Melon Barb
Behaviour Lively, timid, shoaling
Typical size 10cm
Max size 15cm
Tank Area Middle, bottom
Min Tank Size 70cm
Min Number in Tank 3
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, dried, frozen, live
pH Range 5.5-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m
Melon Barb Puntius fasciatus
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Melon Barb (Puntius fasciatus)

Melon Barb Tropical Fish Learn all about the Melon Barb's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Melon Barb is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Melon Barb is an active, but initially timid, medium sized barb ideal for a community of other barbs or similar sized fish. These fish should be kept in groups and provided with open swimming spaces as well as hiding spots and some vegetation around the tanks edges. The fish develops a mild pinky yellow body colour, hence the name 'melon' barb.

Melon Barb Facts

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus fasciatus, Puntius fasciatus fasciatus, Cirrhinus fasciatus, Puntius melanampyx, Puntius melanampyx melanampyx, Labeo melanampyx, Barbus melanampyx, Puntius melanampyx pradhani | Other names Banded Barb | Origin Southeast Asia; Malay penninsula, Indonesia | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-6.5, very soft to soft | Natural Habitat Flowing river waters | Sexing Males are smaller and more slender

Melon Barb Help and Advice

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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Melon Barb information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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