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Taiwan Bitterling Paracheilognathus himantegus
Category: Temperate Fish
Price: £6.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 3 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Easy
Schooling Fish: Yes
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.8 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Paracheilognathus himantegus (Taiwan Bitterling)
A small, schooling cyprinid with a deep body shape rather like a silvery tetra. Males are turquoise blue with a distinct black stripe running through the caudal peduncle onto the tail fin; they have a red flash on the top of the iris and red and black bands on the anal fin. Females are similar, but with yellowy fins and less blue on the body. The black band on the caudal peduncle is thinner and runs further forward, well onto the back half of the flank.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
A hardy, active species that makes an excellent alternative to goldfish where coldwater aquaria are being stocked. Unlike goldfish, bitterlings do not grow particularly large and they do not molest healthy plants.
Easily maintained on flake foods, though bloodworms, daphnia, cooked peas and so on are all enjoyed.
Bitterlings are noted for their peculiar method of reproduction, the females possessing a very long egg-tube used to place the spawn inside the mantle cavity of freshwater mussels. This spawning tube is only present when the females are ready to spawn. Once the female has laid her eggs, the male releases his milt close to the inhalant siphon of the mussel, and the sperm is then sucked in so that the eggs are fertilised.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||China and Taiwan|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid soft water|