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Indian Glass Fish


Stat Compiled By: This Stat was written by Bunny Oshinsky an active contributor to the site.
Species: Parambassis ranga (formerly Chanda ranga)
Common Name: Indian Glass Fish
Size: Male/unsexed: 3.15 in (8 cm)
Habitat: Asia: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia in rivers, lakes, standing water and reservoirs; freshwater or very mildly brackish water. Occupies middle to bottom strata (demersal.)
Min Tank Size: School of 6: 25 gallons (94.g liters) or larger.
Diet: Omnivorous (with preference for proteins): Enjoys live and frozen bloodworm, tubifex, brine and mysis shrimp and insect larvae. Flake foods eagerly accepted, but shouldn't be fed exclusively.
Behavior: Peaceful and timid.
Water: Freshwater or very mild brackish. 68 to 86°F (20-30°C), pH 7 to 8.2 , dH range: 9 - 19.
Care: Moderate with a frequent water changes and a varied diet.
Communities: These shy, sometimes nervous fish feel most secure in groups of 6 or more, maintaining a ratio of one male to one female. Freshwater tankmates include danios, dwarf rainbowfish, mollies and platys and other non-fin nippers. In very mild brackish water, consider chromides, bumblebee or knight gobies.
Suitability: Good for most.
Note: This species does best in mature tanks, so ensure your tank's been set up for a while before purchasing P. ranga. There is a common practice of injecting these fish with colored dies and selling them as “Painted Glass Fish.” This is a painful process for the fish and makes them very prone to disease.

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