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In The Wild

Date Classified:

1984

Native Location:

Bangka Island on Sumatra and mainland of Palumbang

Environment:

Tributary streams and sunny pools

Water and Hardness:

Moderate hardness

Water Temperature:

77-82 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

5.0-7.5

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

  • Male – Males are brown
  • Female – Rows of iridescent green scale edges
  • Black band flows through the eye from the lower lips and across the gill cover
  • Females are smaller and not as brightly colored

Finnage:

  • Brown and blue unpaired fins
  • Anal fin has white submarginal band
  • Females fins are shorter than the males

Size:

More than 3 inches in length

Water and Hardness:

Moderate calcium-magnesium hardness of 10-20 although they tolerate other conditions well

Water Temperature:

77-82 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

5.0-7.5

Breeding:

Will spawn in community tank in a cave from a large flowerpot. Higher water temperatures will induce breeding.

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