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General Body Form:
Streamlined head and body. Fins are moderately long and rounded. Caudal fin is forked and rounded. Mouth is terminal. Sawbwas are completely scaleless.
Adult males have milky, silvery-cerulean blue bodies with vermillion heads. The caudal fin has a vermilion spot on each terminus. Immature males and females are translucent olive-brown with metalic silver ventrum and have a dark marking just anterior to the anal fin.
Usually inhabits Lake margins and surrounding swamps Among dense
Difficult. Egg-scatters. Sexual dimorphism: Males have milky, silvery-cerulean blue bodies with vermillion heads and a vermilion spot on each caudal fin terminus. Immature males and females are translucent olive-brown with metalic silver ventrum and have a dark marking just anterior to the anal fin. Females are also more fuller-bodied during spawning. Courtship and spawning behaviors are unknown. It is believed that spawning may be stimulated when the water is pH neutral, has a dH of 20 and the temperature dips to between 57 – 64°F (15 – 18°C) replicating winter conditions at Inle lake. A spawning tank should be planted or contain either baby grass or spawning mops. Substrate should be checked daily for eggs and parents should be removed when eggs are found as they will eat their fry. Fry require microscopic food fed several times per day with their need for food increasing as their yolk sacs are absorbed. After 5 or 6 days, fry can accept Artemia nauplii.
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