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In The Wild

Date Classified:

1979

Native Location:

Kalimantan and Sumatra

Environment:

River drainage areas and swamp forest pools

Water and Hardness:

Calcium-magnesium – 0-1; alkalinity 0-1

Water Temperature:

77-79 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

4.6-5.5

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

  • Male – Reddish brown
  • Male – Iridescent green on flank
  • Male – very bright, yellowish-orange bars on gill cover
  • Female – brown
  • Female – black bars on flank

Finnage:

  • Male – spade-shaped caudal fin
  • Male – indigo blue pelvic and anal fins
  • Male – brown dorsal fin
  • Female – red fins
  • Female – seven black bars from anal fin to flank
  • Female – black on caudal fin

Size:

1.5 inches in length

Feeding in Captivity:

Live food only

Water pH:

4.5-5.0

Breeding:

This species needs a large (20 gallon) covered tank with RO water. Add abundant floating and rooted vegetation. Peat moss and hardwood leaves help to lower the pH.

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