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Pseudosphromenus dayi - Brown Spike-Tailed Paradise Fish, Spike-Tailed GouramiMagyarul / Hungarian
Pseudosphromenus dayi - Brown Spike-Tailed Paradise FishPseudosphromenus dayi - Brown Spike-Tailed Paradise FishPseudosphromenus dayi - Brown Spike-Tailed Paradise Fish
  • Scientific name: Pseudosphromenus dayi
  • Synonyms: Macropodus cupanus dayi, Macropodus dayi, Parosphromenus dayi, Polyacanthus cupanus dayi, Polyacanthus dayi
  • Common name: Brown Spike-Tailed Paradise Fish, Spike-Tailed Gourami
  • Group: Labyrinth fishes
  • Habitat:Asia;
  • Size: 6,5-7,5 cm
  • Biotope: Found in ditches and swamps of western India.
  • Social behavior: A peaceful species, and should not be combined with aggressive or too active species.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; Live and frozen foods, but also accepts flake foods.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 60 litres
  • Population: 1 pair for 60 litres
  • Decoration: Does well in a tank with a dark bottom, subdued lighting and enough planting to do justice to its beautiful color. Needs peat filtration and regular water changes.
  • Temperature: 24-28 °C
  • pH: 6-7.5
  • Hardness: 5-15 NK°
  • Lifespan: 5 years

Description: A charming fish, unfortunately it is not often imported. Pseudosphromenus dayi has a brown colored, elongated body, which showing bars when stressed. The dorsal, anal and caudal fins are brownish-red with iridescent pale blue edge. The ventral fins are red with iridescent blue tips. The tail fin rays of male are sharply extended, and has orange coloration around the throat area.

Breeding of Brown Spike-Tailed Paradise Fish is quite easy. Reduce the water level to 10 cm and keep at a temperature of 28 °C. Pseudosphromenus dayi is a bubble-nest builder, the fish is a prolific spawner which occasionally chooses hollows. Both parents guard the nest, returning the eggs and fry if they fall out. The fry hatch in 30 hours, and the fry are usually free swimming after another 2-3 days. The parents should be removed at this point. Feed them with infusoria, brine shrimp nauplii or small flakes. The fry grow quite fast.

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