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")




6.5 - 7.5

22 -25 °C (71.6-77°F)

5-13 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Hampala Barb, Sidebar Barb

Origin[edit | edit source]

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

Sexing[edit | edit source]

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

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Identification[edit | edit source]

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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