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Parosphromenus sumatranus, Klausewitz, 1955

Origin: Indonesia; Sumatra, Jambi.

Etymology: sumatranus refers to the Island of origin, Sumatra.

Synonyms:Parosphromenus deissneri sumatranus, Klausewitz, 1955

First European import: unk

Description: See pictures. Even in shops you can recognize the species by the dark spot in the caudal fin.

Care: These fish are best kept in a species tank, 40 or 60 cm, which is well planted. Like all Parosphromenus the fish need to be kept in soft acidic to slightly acidic water. Peat filtration, driftwood, some caves and a dark soil will ceate a suitable habitat in which the fish will display their color.

Temperature: 22-25 degrees

Feeding: Live and frozen food. Red and white mosquito larvae.

Size: Up to 4 cm

pH: 4.0-6.5

Breeding: The fish have not yet been bred in aquaria.

Sexual dimorphism: The males are more colorful, and has more pronounced black spots in the caudal and anal fins.

Prices: Netherlands: €9.95

Additional: In this species the females also display color, unlike most other Parosphromenus species. The caudal fin is slightly elongated in the middle, +/- 1mm long.

Picture references: All pictures: E. Naus

References:Schäfer, F.(1997): Aqualog - All Labyrinths, Verlag A. C. S. Gmbh., Mörfelden - Walldorf, Germany.

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