Melon Barbs, Haludaria fasciata, are good looking fish that make excellent members of a community aquarium because they are relatively peaceful. It is not recommended to keep smaller, more timid fish with these boisterous fish, especially the males when they engage in chases.
As fast-moving, aggressive feeders, Melon Barbs prefer equally large, active tankmates. This Barb would be best suited to living in a tank with other Cyprinids, such as Denison Barb, Rainbowfish, Gouramis, and Loaches.
It is recommended that Melon Barbs be kept in groups of eight or more since they are a natural schooling species. You will see that keeping more Barbs in your aquarium makes it easier for your fish to relax and will give your display a more natural look and feel. If they are kept in larger groups, the males will also focus on maintaining their position within the group, which will limit aggression.
Care Level: Easy
Colour Form: Black, red
Max Size: 6cm
Tank Size: 120L
*Product Photo is for reference only. Exact fish may vary in size and colour