Hampala Barb (Hampala macrolepidota)

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Hampala Barb

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Hampala Barb

Hampala macrolepidota

568 Litres (150 US G.)

60-70 cm (23.6-27.6")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 7.5

22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)

5-13 °d

1:2 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years

Family

Cyprinidae



Additional names

Hampala Barb, Sidebar Barb


Origin

Found in Asia in the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula and Indonesia.

Sexing

Sexing this fish is difficult. Mature females will appear fuller in the belly area.

Tank compatibility

Best kept in a species tank or with fish larger than itself with some level of aggression. They should be kept in groups of 5 or more, other large shoaling Barbs will work with them also.

Diet

A carnivorous fish that will eat any fish small enough to fit into its mouth. Feed with pellets, shrimp, bloodworms or small insects.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Must have an exceptionally large tank with plenty of swimming spaces. A good current and well aerated tank is needed, and a secure lid also as they're good jumpers.

Behaviour

A large shoaling fish needing company of its own kind. Active and fast swimming.

Identification

A large elongated fish with large scales bordered in black. The body is coloured olive green with a black bar between the dorsal and pelvic fins.

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