Melon Barb - Haludaria fasciata

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Melon Barb - Haludaria fasciata

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Scientific Name: Haludaria fasciata

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Approximate purchase size : 3 - 4.5cm
All Pond Solutions will always endeavour to supply as close to the approximate size range as possible. Due to variations from suppliers on rare occasions this may not always be possible. Images used are to show the full potential of the fish when fully mature and are not always representative of juvenile specimens.

How easy are they to care for?
Barbs can be a very robust and hardy fish, often used as an introductory fish to new mature aquariums. Easy to care for and will readily accept most foods.

How large can they grow?

Where in the world are they from?
Endemic to the Western Ghats. Different localities can have 3 / 4 / 5 bands.

What is the ideal number to keep together?
Ideally kept in a good shoal of 8 or more.

What water conditions do they require?
Ideally slightly acidic water conditions are provided between 6.5pH - 7pH however they will happily live in conditions ranging up to pH of 7.5 or higher. Temperatures should range between 24-26°C.

What should you feed them?
Will happily accept a wide variety of foods including Flake, Frozen and Live.

How compatible are they with other fish?
An ideal community barb - avoid keeping with overly boisterous tank mates and they will show their best colours when kept in groups of 6 or more.

Can they be bred in captivity?
When mature it is not uncommon to see egg scattering taking place among fine leaved plants. However no after care is provided and it is unusual for fry or eggs to survive unless given a seperate environment to grow in. Males tend to be slimmer with much more vivid colours presented.