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Anableps anableps


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Family: Anablepidae
Genus & Species: Anableps anableps
Common Name: Four-eyed fish
Size: 12in (30cm).
Habitat: Central to South America: Venezuela to Brazil, in brackish river mouths.
Min Tank Size: 40 Gal long.
Diet: Carnivorous: brine shrimp, bloodworms, flake food, or live insects. Loses interest on food that has sunk below the surface.
Behavior: Spend nearly all their time on the surface. Peaceful, though eat small fish.
Water: Temperature range 75°F to 82°F (24°-28° C) pH range: 7.0 8.5; dH range: 8 25. Brackish water required and should have a 2.5-3% addition of salt. This can be accomplished by adding 19-23 TSP. of salt/10 gallons (25-30 g/10 L)
Care: Rather easy in a brackish tank. Recommended to only keep mostly filled to appreciate their unique eyes, and prevent from jumping out.
Communities: Peaceful with other large brackish fish. Should be kept in schools of 6+.
Suitability: For enthusiasts and specialists with experience in brackish water tanks.

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