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In The Wild

Date Classified:

1884

Native Location:

North Selangor Province on the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra

Environment:

  • Swampy forests
  • Blackwater streams

Food:

  • Dragonflies
  • Damselflies
  • Nymphs

Water pH:

6

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

Similar to native

  • Brown
  • Iridescent green scales along length of body
  • The green in males is brighter
  • New species – iridescent purple

Finnage:

Males have longer unpaired fins

Size:

More than 4 inches in length

Water and Hardness:

Low to moderate calcium-magnesium hardness

Water Temperature:

81-84 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

4.4-7.5

Breeding:

Acidify the water and provide much needed vegetation. Provide at least a 10 gallon tank, but 20 gallon is preferred. Add hiding places for privacy for the female including driftwood, plants, decorations, flowerpots and PVC tubing.

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