Dianema urostriata, Ribeiro, 1912
Origin:Brazil, Rio Negro, in the vicinity of Manaus.
Etymology: striata, striped, referring to the striped tail
First European import:Netherlands: 1972 First American import: 1963.
Care: Larger tanks with at least soft neutral water, but the fish are best kept in very soft strong acidic water, filtered over peat. Not too much light, and lots of hiding places in the form of driftwood, coconutshells and similar. Some floating plants will benefit the fish, keep Dianema urostriata in schools of minimal 3 animals, but better in larger schools of 6 or more in a species tank.
Size:Females up to 12 cm, males smaller(up to 9).
pH: 5-7 dGH below 10.
Breeding: Has been bred although no information is currently available.
Sexual dimorphism:Males smaller.
Additional:Airbreather, some space above the water should be available, and similar to Labyrinthfish, a cover will prevent large temperature differences between water and air.
Picture references:Picture 1+2: 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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