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Anableps anableps, (Linnaeus, 1756)
Common name

Origin: Coastal areas in Northern South-America and middle America. The fish can be found in fresh and brackish water.

Etymology: Anableps():?

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.

pH: 6.5-7.5

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.

Prices: Unknown.

Additional:

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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