Inpaichthys kerri, Gery & Junk, 1977
Origin:Brazil, Amazonas, Rio Aripuana.
First European import: Germany, 1977, By H. Bleher.
Description: See picture
Care: The fish should be kept in small groups of 6 animals, even though they aren't really schoolfish, best in a 60-80 cm species tank. Peat filtered soft slightly acidic water is preferred. A dark soil, densely planted regions, especially plants with large leaves,and tempered light are beneficial, and will bring out full coloration in Inpachthys kerri.
Temperature: 23-27 degrees
Size: Up to 5 cm.
Breeding: In a setup as described in the care section a pair should be added. Cover the tank sides to create a secluded environment, and add many floating plants or remove the light. Water should be very soft, neutral or slightly acidic, and the temperature should be raised to 27-28 degrees. The fish will deposit the eggs on plants over a period of time. After spawning has completed remove the parents. Fry will hatch in 24-36 hours, and should be fed infusoria for the first 2-3 days.
Sexual dimorphism: males are larger and more colorfull.
Additional: If fights occur between to establish rank or territorium the fish will protrude the gill covers.
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
T.I.H., (1980),nr 21, jrg 6.,unknown author, Impaichthys kerri.
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