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Brachirus salinarum
Brachirus salinarum, Ogilby, 1911

Origin:Australia, in fresh and brackish water in the gulf of Carpentaria.

Etymology: salinarum refers to the salt water nature.Brachirus salinarum or Brachirus selheimi!

Synonyms: Trichobrachirus salinarum

First European import: Unknown, the fish has been offered in the Netherlands in shops after 1987.

Description:See pictures.

Care:Peacefull fish that is nightactive. During the day Brachirus salinarum hides under the gravel, a sandy soil or small rounded gravel is beneficial, although the fish will hardly ever be visible in that case. Pretty indifferent to watervalues, although a bit of salt can be added to the water. In community tanks most Brachirus salinarum starve to death, since at night no food is available to them. Hence the fish are best kept in a species tank,. To really observe the fish the night and day sequence should be inverted, turn the light on during the night, and leave a small lightbulb on during the day.

Temperature:22-28 degrees

Feeding:Omnivorous, but small live food should frequently be fed(in the night!).

Size:Up to 15 cm

pH: 6.0-7.5

Breeding:Unknown

Sexual dimorphism:Unknown

Prices:Netherlands: 5-6€

Additional:Seldom available.

Picture references:Picture 1 + 2: E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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