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Anabas testudineus (Climbing Perch)

Hardy, omnivorous climbing perch liable to be disruptive in the average community tank but should get on well with similarly sized but unaggressive fish including plecs and large barbs. Essentially a uniform greenish-grey on the back and sides with a lighter belly underneath.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Climbing perch can be both rather shy (hiding a lot and appreciating shade) and aggressive (bullying other fish at feeding time). Consider this when choosing tankmates, and only select species able to look after themselves but not likely to start fights: plecs are good companions, while cichlids usually are not.

Can be bred, but this bubblenest builder has not attracted much attention and is very rarely kept.

Family Group: Anabantoids
Distribution Pakistand, India, South East Asia
Temperature 22-28C
Size 30 cm
Water Parameters 6.0-8.0
Water PH Neutral preferred, but adaptable

Useful sources of information:

To find out more about labyrinth fish the best resource available is the excellent book by Aqualog called All Labyrinths.The book covers all members of the anabantoid family with over 650 colour photographs. To buy a copy of this book click here


Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop

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