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Trichopsis schalleri, Ladiges, 1962

Origin:Thailand; Korat.

Etymology: After Dietrich Schaller

Synonyms: Trichopsis vittatus var. schalleri, Trichopsis vittatus harrisi.

First European import: Germany: 1961, D. Schaller

Description: Very similar to T. pumilus, only larger, and with a red elongated filament in the caudal fin.

Care: A 60 cm tank, with some driftwood and some plants. Not too much current, neutral to slightly acidic water with temperatures around 25 degrees. Can be kept with other fish of similar size, but shouldn't be kept together with pumilus or vittatus(see additional).

Temperature: 24-28

Feeding:Will eat all food including flake food.

Size:Up to 6 cm.

pH: 6.0-7.5

Breeding: See Trichopsis pumilus, bubblenest mostly at the surface, but also in the middle water regions under driftwood. Will breed at 25 degrees, but it's better to increase the temperature to 27 degrees.

Sexual dimorphism: Male has a bit more elongated fins.

Prices: Unk.

Additional: The fish can be crossed with both T. pumilus and T. Vittatus, but is considered a valid species. Fowler(1934) probably described this fish in 1934 as T. harrisi, and after research this might be the formal name of this fish.

Picture references: Picture 1: A.V. Vivarium; http://aquavisie.retry.org/Database/Vissen/Trichopsis_schalleri.html

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