labiosus Physical description: This species has an elongated, ovule-shaped body with lateral compression.
caudal fin is fan-shaped and the ventral fins are long and slender-almost thread-like.
The body color varies, but the back
is usually dark orange-brown, while the belly is dark turquoise.
The flanks are orange-brown with alternating
transverse, turquoise stripes.
The ventral fins are orange to red, while the anal fin is is bluish with a white to orange
The caudal fin is dull orange, and the dorsal fin is also dull orange.
The iris of the eye may be orange.
are less colorful, with a white-silver belly region
Size/Length: To 4" (10 cm)
Similar species: Colisa
fasciata Habitat: India; Southeast Asia; Myanmar (Burma)
S: middle, top
Aquarium: A tank measuring 24" (61 cm) with a capacity of 10-20 gallons (38-75 L) is sufficient.
suggestions for C. fasciata
Water chemistry: pH 6-7.5 (6.8), 4-12°dH (8), 72-82°F (22-28°C)
Social behavior: A species suitable for a community tank except at spawning times when fish become territorial.
fish may be timid during acclimation.
Suggested companions: Other Colisa
, barbs, Trichogaster
, Loaches, Loricarids
FOOD: Flakes; pellets; chopped vegetables; live;
Tubifex, insect larvae, Brine Shrimp Sexual differences: Males are more colorful and have more pointed dorsal fins.
Breeding techniques: As for C.
C. labiosa constructs an even larger bubble
Breeding potential: 5.
This fish is easily bred with mature fish in a tank of their own.
Remarks: A gold strain exists.
Difficulty of care: 2.
is a hardy species recommended for beginning aquariasts.
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