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Parasphaerichthys ocellatus
Parasphaerichthys ocellatus, P(a)rashad & Mukerji, 1929


Origin:Northern Burma, According to Baensch and Riehl, and Richter:In the vicinity of lake Indawgyi and lake Inle. Here the fish occur in small muddy waters and in the streams of the Myitkyina district. According to Linke P(a)rashad & Mukerji report:"In small muddy streams along the Kamaing Jade mines road, a few miles from Kamaing", which is quite high up in the mountains.

Etymology: Ocellatus refers to the shiny spot on the side of the fish.Parasphaerichthys ocellatus

Synonyms:None.

First European import:Germany, 1978, by A. Werner who donated the fish to Dr. Foersch.

Description:See pictures.

Care: Keep the fish in a 50 cm tank or larger, and provide many hideouts. Densely planted areas and some floating plants to temper the light, as well as some caves and pieces of driftwood.The fish are shy and susceptible(?), and are best kept in a species tank, although adding some small peacefull fish may help Parasphaerichthys ocellatus to overcome their shyness. The fish have also been reported to be quite aggressiv towards eachother. Waterconditions soft to medium hard water, acidic to neutral water. Dr foersch kept both fish in a small densely planted tank in soft water. The fish were extremely shy, and hardly ever showed the characteristic spot on the side. Linke reports that according to the findings of Dr Foersch, a lower temperature of 20-22 degrees may be beneficial.

Additional information can be found in "Das aquarium, nr 177, 3/1984"and in DATZ, 5/2002.

Temperature:24-26 degrees Parasphaerichthys ocellatus

Feeding:Small live food, frozen food.

Size:Up to 4 cm

pH: 6.0-7.5

Breeding:Unknown

Sexual dimorphism:Unknown

Prices:?????

Additional:The person who first imported the fish was A. Werner, not to be confused with K. Werner, author of many aquarium books.

Picture references:All pictures E. Naus, courtesy of H. Grundmeijer.

References:Richter, H. J. (1979): Das Buch der Labyrinthfische. Verlag Neumann-Neudamm, Melsungen, Germany.Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1989): Aquarien Atlas III. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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