Fish Tank Maintenance Tips: Always turn off the electricity before working in or around your tank. Use a powerstrip connected to a gfci outlet and all you have to do to turn off the electricity is flip a switch. Also, use drip loops on all of the cords or hang the power strip on the wall, thereby causing the cords to loop before reaching the plug in. Read the aquarium electrical safety article.
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The melon barb (Puntius fasciatus) is a tropical freshwater fish belonging to the spotted barb (Puntius) genus of the Cyprininae sub-family of the Cyprinidae family. It originates in inland waters in Asia, and is found in peninsular India.
The fish will grow in length up to 6 inches (15 centimeters).
It natively inhabits flowing rivers. They live in a tropical climate in water with a 6.0 – 6.5 pH, a water hardness of 5 dGH, and a temperature range of 72 – 79 °F (22 – 26 °C).
The melon barb is of commercial importance in the aquarium trade.