The body colour of Barbus hexazona is a pale yellow-brown, and is marked with six vertical dark bars. The bars commence with a line running via the eye and are much more or less evenly spaced along the side of the body. The last bars are situated on the tail root and form a ‘V’, the base of which points forward.
It is only when the fish turn out to be adult that they’re seen at their greatest, then the anal and dorsal fins of the male turn out to be suffused with red, and occasionally a couple of specks of red could be seen on the upper half of the body.
This is a peaceful fish which will grow to about 2.5 inch and will breed in the usual manner of barbs.