Family Cyprinidae, Distribution Sri Lanka.
Description Shape: elongated, rather compn 36(j body. One pair of barbels. Color: fawn-colored on ton with a greenish sheen; sides and belly a gleaming r.i Vgr often reddish. A horizontal stripe (brownish bi, deep bluish black) extends from the tip of the snout through the eye to the base of the caudal fin. Above n ts an iridescent, metallic line, gold at the front turnir ; i0 blue or sea green toward the tail Size: up to 2 in (5 cm) Sexual differences: males a sumptuous red at breed ng time. Females darker, with yellowish fins. Environment Temperature: 75-79 °F (24—26 C), pH: around 7. Water hardness: soft, old water. Illumination: subdued lighting, Substrate dark bottom material, medium layer of sand. Furnishings: abundant vegetation, about two-thirds to three-quarters of the tank.
Biology Behavior: likes shade and will withdraw under cover of plants. Reproduction: breeding noi oo difficult. At 77-79 CF (25-26 °C) the eggs hatch after ¿4 hours. 150-250 young would be an excellent spawn.ng. Social life: the younger males are often aggressive. Compatibility: good for keeping with Rasbora and similar peaceable fishes.
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