Microctenopoma damasi, Poll, 1939
Origin: East Uganda, Lake Eduard.
Etymology: Named after Damas?
Synonyms:Ctenopoma damasi, Anabas damasi
First European import: Germany, 1968, By Berns & Peters.
Care: Suitable for the well planted community tank, as long as the temperature requirement of these fish is regarded. If kept together with other peacefull fish, especially fish like guppies or small barbs, the fish loose some of their shyness, and are more frequently visible.Regular waterchanges are necessary for the well-being of Microctenopoma damasi, as well as some floating plants and a dark soil.
Temperature: 26-30 degrees.
Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is accepted.
Size:Males 7 cm, females 6cm.
Breeding: Not too difficult. Bubblenester, which creates a small nest between floating plants at the surface. The fish breed under the nest, and the eggs float up into the nest, where they are guarded by the male. The male will hide at the bottom of the tank, and look after the nest from there(!). If an intruder comes to close to the nest, he will come out of hiding, and defend the nest. At 28 degrees the eggs will hatch in 36 hours, and are free swimming after another 2 days. They are easy to raise, and without intervention some fry usually survive in well planted tanks without any interferance from the breeder.
Sexual dimorphism: Males are much more colorful, and larger. Besides that the anal fin is elongated in males.
Prices: Breeders sell pairs for around 10€
Additional: One of the most beautiful Microctenopoma.
Picture references: E. Naus (fish owned by W. Büchly)
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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