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Oryzias dopingdopingensis (Doping Ricefish)

Ricefish, sometimes overlooked in shops as being small and plainer looking actually have their own kind of subtle beauty which will show itself once the fish are taken home and added to a planted aquarium. Then their behaviour will be displayed, showing off their fascinating characters.

Ricefish are a family of small ray-finned fish that are found in fresh and brackish waters ranging from India to Japan and out into the Malay Archipelago, most notably Sulawesi. Oryzias dopingdopingensis is a species of ricefish that has been given a name which denotes the occurrence of this species in the Doping-doping River in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Oryzias dopingdopingensis have bodies which are translucent and light yellowish-silver with the belly and throat area being more of an off-white colour. Females are described as having longer pelvic fins than males and generally will look slightly bigger than males.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

This particular ricefish is generally peaceful and easy to keep. In breeding males, 5–8 black blotches or bars appear along the lateral midline. Females will deposit eggs soon after spawning and exhibit no maternal care.

One thing that is important to remember is that ricefish are excellent jumpers, so don't forget to keep the tank covered. These particular species prefer a small-fish community tanks and plants around the perimeter with large open swimming area towards the front. They should be kept in tanks without strong filtration because in the wild they prefer to live in spaces with low currents.

Modern high-quality flake and pellet foods are an acceptable diet for them within the aquarium setting, however they prefer live foods.

For any aquarist wishing to breed them, init is best to change the diet slightly by offering live foods e.g. daphnia, baby brine shrimp and fruit flies in the weeks run up to breeding.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Indonesia
Temperature 18-24C
Size 3-4CM
Water Parameters Adaptable
Water PH 7-8
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Care Level Easy
Schooling Fish No
Sociability Peaceful
Schooling Fish Yes

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