vittatus, Osphromenus vittatus, O. striatus, Trichopsis striata, T. vittata, Trichopus striatus
Physical description: An elongated, laterally compressed fish with pointed anal, dorsal, and caudal fins.
back is dark beige, while the flanks are light beige to off-white.
The flanks are marked with three transverse
stripes that are brown to red in color.
These run from the snout, parallel to one another, to the caudal fin.
blue or black in color, is located near the gill cover.
The rear half of the body may have a green iridescence.
fins range from blue-green to violet in color with overlaying red stripes and spots.
These fins have a blue and red edging.
iris of the eye is blue.
Size/Length: To 2.7" (7 cm)
Similar species: Other Trichopsis
Habitat: Inhabits small ponds, canals, creeks, and lakes in Southeast Asia; Indonesia, Malaysia,
Aquarium: A tank measuring 20" (51 cm) with a capacity of 10 gallons (38 L) is sufficient
for a pair.
Follow suggestions for T.
Water chemistry: pH 6.3-7.5 (6.9), 2-14 dH (8), 73-82° (23-28°C)
Social behavior: A timid, peaceful species that can be combined with other small, calm fish.
are occasionally aggressive in defending their territory at spawning times.
Suggested companions: Tetras, Corydoras
, peaceful Barbs, small gouramis, Loaches, Loricarids
FOOD: Live; insect larvae,
Sexual differences: Males have a longer anal fin.
Breeding techniques: Similar to T.
pumila, although this species requires a water temperature from
84-88°F (29-31°C), a water hardness from 1-4°dH, and a low water level of 3-6" (8-15 cm).
to 240 eggs are laid and deposited in the bubble nest.
Breeding potential: 8.
Breeding is difficult.
Remarks: This species also emits croaking noises at times of excitement, especially during spawning
Difficulty of care: 4.
This species is relatively sensitive.
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