Iriatherina werneri, Meinken, 1974
Origin: New Guinea; Between Merauke and Fly river, and Australia; Jardine river
Etymology: Named after Werner, who first imported the fish.
First European import: Germany, 1973, by Werner.
Description: See pictures.
Care: Iriatherina werneri can be kept in tanks of 60 cm and larger. Waterconditions, pH around neutral, and not too soft, frequent waterchanges are required. They are best kept in tanks with a sandy soil, a bit higher temperatures, and some planted regions on the sides of the tank, leaving the fish enough free swimming space.
Temperature: 24-28 degrees.
Feeding: Small live food, flake food is accepted.
Size: Males including finnage around 5 cm, females 3.5 cm.
Breeding: Best done in a continuous setup with a single pair. Remove the substrate after the parents have deposited their eggs for a few days. Fry should be fed infusoria in the beginning. Use a tank similar to the care section, and add green cootton or javamoss as a substrate.
Sexual dimorphism: males more colorfull, and with elongated fins.
Prices: Netherlands: 2.5-3.5€
Picture references:All pictures E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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