Once a species traded at conventions and well
known in the hobby until the early 2000s, this species is known
best for a
commonly seen aquarium strain with powder blue fins and dark
horizontal stripes. This fish offered is very different in
appearance, and though, in my opinion, is the more attractive of
the two populations, it is rarely seen. The males will
lose the stripe as they mature, while the fins and body develop
an all body Green/Blue sheen that is striking in the proper
light. I was very fortunate to have found a few individuals in
June of 2015, while visiting a fishroom in the midwest.
These are now being offered for sale for the first time.
Peaceful and a good community fish, these are generally kept in
species only tanks due to their rarity and the need to
save their fry. Conflicting information exists about their
behavior and habits, and this may be attributed to differences
between populations that have been cited in the literature. Though having been fairly well established in the
could be known about them.
5 to 15 large fry are dropped after a 60 day gestation, and they
do not bother their fry. Young grow quickly on newly
hatched brine shrimp and crushed flake food. This is a fish that
will likely disappear from the aquarium hobby
if an effort is not
made to keep and breed them!
Not a difficult
fish to maintain, they are not picky about diet and will do well
on dry food, though live or frozen foods
appreciated. More on their care can be seen
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