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General Body Form:
A taller, streamlined body with a forked tail and medium-sized, rounded fins.
Male: Base color of body and head is pale copper. The slate blue pigment stripe running the length of the body is struck through with iridescent pale copper bars that disrupt the body's outline. Pectoral, dorsal and anal fins have a ruddy blush proximally. At the tip of the caudal peduncle is a black oculus (eye-spot) rimmed in copper. The pink flush of the fish's heart can be seen through the transparent operculum. Female: Very pale, translucent copper-colored body with a barely discernible pigment stripe and iridescent pale copper bars. The caudal peduncle has a faint eye-spot and the fins are barely flushed proximally. Her heart shows less intensely through her operculum.
Usually inhabits Lake
margins where live and dead vegetation produce thick mats and dense
islands of vegetation.
Moderate to Difficult. Egg-scatter. Sexual dimorphism: Males are more intensely colored and slightly smaller than females. Females are larger and fuller-bodied, especially when they are gravid with fry. Condition prospective mates with a diet rich in live and frozen foods for a few days. Because adults predate fry, a spawning tank with a sponge filter, multiple plants, spawning mops, and baby grass is recommended. Typically in the morning hours, males and females will release eggs and sperm into the water column and eggs are fertilized as they descend. Eggs adhere to the baby grass and spawning mops and fry emerge after roughly 72 hours. They are free-swimming within 3-4 days. Feed the fry very tiny food such as paramecium, fry food or crushed flakes. Graduate to artemia nauplii, cyclops and microworms when fry are large enough to accept them
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