Brachygobius xanthozona Family Gotmdae.

Distribution Rivers and estuaries in Sumatra, Java and Borneo.

Description Shape:thickset, torpedo-shaped: rounded in cross section at the front, slightly compje .(j toward the tail. Color: distinguished by three vertical dark-brown bars Size: up to 1 £ in (4.5cm). Se, :a/ differences mature females are bulkier. Environment Temperature: 75-86 "F (24-30 C) pH: high; acid and normal fresh water lead to ¡lines Water hardness: the addition of 1 to 2 spoonfuls of s -3 salt or cooking salt to every 2 gallons (10 liters) of v\ a;=r is highly recommended. (Remember the plants.) Illurr nation and substrate: lighting should be softened by floating plants or large single plants attached to ¡he botlom. Provide a dark bottom. Feeding Small live foods only. Biology Behavior: generally a bottom fish, it is also given to clinging to plants by means of its pelvic f ns, ehher in the normal position or upside down. Repr duction: lays 100-150 large eggs in protected posit id The male guards the eggs, which hatch in 2^ to 5 da: s The young feed on rotifers, and later on brine shrimp nauplii Social life and compatibility: strong territorial sense; lishes often live in one place, which they leave only to feed or when disturbed. Difficult to keep wiih other fishes.


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