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Parambassis ranga (formerly Chanda ranga)
Indian Glass Fish
Male/unsexed: 3.15 in (8 cm)
Asia: Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar,
Thailand, Malaysia in rivers, lakes, standing water and reservoirs;
freshwater or very mildly brackish water. Occupies middle to bottom
Min Tank Size:
School of 6: 25 gallons (94.g liters) or larger.
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.
Peaceful and timid.
Freshwater or very mild brackish. 68 to 86°F
(20-30°C), pH 7 to 8.2 , dH range: 9 - 19.
Moderate with a frequent water changes and a varied
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.
Good for most.
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.