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Parosphromenus nagyi, Schaller, 1985

Origin: Malayan peninsula.

Etymology: Named in honour of Mr. Nagy.

Synonyms:None

First European import:Unk

Description: See picture. Variable species

Care:Difficult. The fish require painfully pure water, which should be very soft and acidic. It's best to keep either a pair in a species tank, or larger groups in 80 cm tanks. Lot's of driftwood and holes for the fish to establish territoria, and some floating plants. The fish will inhabit the lower and middle regions of the tank. Like all parosphromenus they only go up for air to build a bubblenest, so the water should be rich enough in oxygen!

Temperature: 22-26 degrees, best not too high.

Feeding: Usually only live food is accepted, white and black mosquito larvae, Daphnia, Artemia.

Size:Up to 3.5 cm

pH: 4.0-6.0

Breeding: Can be done in tanks as described in the care section. The male will build a bubblenest in a hole which consits only of a few bubbles. Usually between 10 and 30 eggs are laid, which will hatch in 2 days.

Sexual dimorphism: males much more colorful.

Prices:9-20€

Additional: Not beginner fish!

Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus.

References:

Linke, H.(1980): Labyrinthfische - Farbe im Aquarium. Tetra Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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