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Desmopuntius hexazona (Weber & de Beaufort 1912)

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The Six-Banded Barb – Desmopuntius hexazona – is a very peaceful schooling species that is an excellent fish for the community biotope aquarium.

Desmopuntius from the Ancient Greek δεσμψτης (desmotes), meaning ‘prisoner’, and the generic name Puntius, in reference to the barred colour pattern in member species. Hexazona from the Ancient Greek ἕξ (héks), meaning ‘six’, and Latin zona, meaning ‘zone’, in reference to this species’ pattern.

Distribution: Southeast Asia – Malaya (Malaysia), Sumatra (Indonesia) and Borneo.

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Andre Chandra

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Black water
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Standard length
5 cm
Water volume (min. aquarium)
60 l
Social behaviour
Group fish
Behaviour description

Desmopuntius hexazona is peaceful grouping fish, they’re best kept in group of 5 or more, they are middle area dweller, this fish will appreciate aquarium with a shade area or dense planted, they are non aggresive as the Sumatra tiger barb.

These particular fishes were collected in the Sungai Kampar, Kampar drainage, Riau Province, Indonesia, GPS 0.0183° N , 101.3204° E.


Aggression grade
Day active
Sexual dimorphism

Adult males tend to be slightly smaller, are noticeably slimmer and exhibit more intense colouration than females.

Nutrition in Nature

Mainly fed on small crustaceans, worms and zooplankton.


Breeding tank set-up

Mature tank with a slightly acidic water parameter is preferred, using a breeding net or box added with some moss and small floating plants in it will help fish spawn their eggs. A few days after the fry will be visible without any intervention.

Nutrition parents

It is best to feed the fry infusoria until 5 days old and switch to Artemia or Daphnia for following growth, once they reached a month old the young fish can be feed with pellets and tubifex worms.

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