Popondetta furcata , (Nichols), 1955
Common name unknown.
Origin: Eastern New Guinea.
Synonyms: Pseudomugil furcatus
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Osteoglossidae Family: Melanotaeniidae
First European import: Unknown, The fish in the picture was available through commercial import in Aquarium Romberg, Delft, The Netherlands in 2002.
Description: See picture.
Care: Should be kept in groups of 6 or more fish in 60 or 80 cm tanks minimum. Lively and peacefull fish that inhabits the upper and middle regions in a tank. Requires a densely planted tank, with some free swimming space, a sandy soil, and medium hard alkaline water. Not too much current, and frequent small waterchanges.
Temperature: 24-26 °C
Feeding: Omnivorous, best fed with small live foods, but frozen and flake food is also accepted.
Size: Up to 5.5 cm.
Breeding: In a setup as described in the care section, well fed fish will spawn regularly.The males can be quite aggressiv, so it is best to have more females than males, especially in smaller breeding tanks. The fish will spawn in between plants, and the eggs will hatch in 2-3 weeks. Remove the parents or the eggs, since the fish are egg/fry eaters.
Sexual dimorphism: Males are more colorfull, and have an elongated dorsal fin(1).
Picture references:Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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