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In The Wild

Date Classified:

1905

Native Location:

Borneo

Environment:

Rivers, streams, puddles, trickles and ditches

Water pH:

7.5

In Aquaria:

Physical Appearance:

  • Male – intense blue-green with and/or without iridescence
  • Male – horizontal stripes until fully grown
  • Female – less intense blue-green
  • Female – horizontal stripes even fully grown

Finnage:

  • Male – anal fin has blue band margined in black on outside; spots on inside
  • Male and Female – some strains have muted blue body and head

Size:

Less than 6 inches with the males being larger

Feeding in Captivity:

Live and frozen; commercial flaked and dried

Water and Hardness:

Calcium-magnesium – 10-20

Water Temperature:

70-77 degrees Fahrenheit

Water pH:

6.5-7.5

Breeding:

They spawn near the bottom, toward nightfall. Keep the large tank well covered and fill with many different types of vegetation. Use 3-inch PVC tubes or clay flowerpots for caves.

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