Anableps anableps, (Linnaeus, 1756)
Origin: Coastal areas in Northern South-America and middle America. The fish can be found in fresh and brackish water.
Synonyms: Anabas anonymus, Anableps gronovii, Anableps lineatus, Anableps surinamensis, Anableps tetrophthalmus, Cobitis anableps.
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Family: Anablepidae, subfamily: Ancistrinae
First European import: Germany, 1938, by Aquarium Hamburg.
Description: See pictures.
Care: Best kept in a species tank. A lowered waterlevel, with a sandy soil, and a lot of free swimming space(Tanksize more than 120 cm). In freshwater the fish are susceptible to diseases, best kept in brackisch water.
Temperature: 24-28 °C
Feeding: Requires food at the surface. Insects(Crickets!), but flake food is also accepted.
Size: Up to 30 cm.
Breeding: Can be bred at 15 cm length. The best results are accomplished in marine(!) tanks. At birth the fry are already 3-4 cm long, and can immediately be fed live or flake food.
Sexual dimorphism: Males with a gonopodium.
Picture references:Both pictures E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
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