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In The Wild

Date Classified:

1849

Native Location:

Southern Thailand and Malay Peninsula

Environment:

Rivers and streams

Water pH:

Slightly alkaline

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

  • Dark brown
  • Iridescent blue-green scales on gill covers
  • Blue-green on throat sometimes
  • Females and young โ€“ two stripes on head

Finnage:

  • Elongated, lance-shaped caudal fins
  • Male โ€“ deep colored, longer anal fin

Size:

5 inches in length

Feeding in Captivity:

Variety of live, frozen, flaked, dried and even pellets.

Water and Hardness:

Neutral

Water Temperature:

Cool โ€“ 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

7.1-7.5

Breeding:

A large, covered, darkened, well-vegetated tank is needed with 3-inch diameter PVC tubing. The fish will eat all foods, but offer an assortment of live, frozen, flakes, pellets and especially chopped earthworms.

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