Origin: Brazil; Pernambuco, Paulista, in small rivers with clear spring water.
First European import: Netherlands: 2001, by E. Naus
Description: See pictures, the fish have a similar appearance as Gymngeophagus rhabdotus.
Care: Large tanks, 100 cm, sandy soil as the fish dig a lot, and filter the sand through the gills. Susceptible to pollution, well filtered water and frequent waterchanges are necessary.
Feeding: All small food is taken.
Size: Currently 12 cm, females smaller.
Breeding: Females will deveolp an egg tube, and change the coloration to the males color. Around the spot on the sides a bleak region will appear. Both parents start to dig holes in the sand, and clean a substrate where the eggs will be deposited. Up to a 100 eggs, which will hatch in 2 days at 27 degrees. Eggs are milkish white, and approximately 1.2 mm large. The fry are completely helpless after hatching, and are cared for by the female, who will deposit them under a piece of driftwood or similar. After three days the fry will be free swimming, and immediately eat artemia nauplii.
Sexual dimorphism: See pictures, females are smaller, and have a yellow striped appearance.
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Picture references:All pictures E. Naus.
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