Deeda wrote:Another nice looking species that you have!!
They appear to be heavy in the belly area, from the gills to the base of the tail and the body background pattern is extremely cool looking.
I would love some more details on the tank size and setup and if you have any other fish with them.
Any chance you could submit one of your photos of this fish for the Species Profiles? I think it would make a great addition to show some of the fabulous colors that I see in your fish.
Thanks Dee. The egg like shape is common to all three Etroplus species, along with its sister genus in Madagascar, Paretroplus. In nature they are rheophilic so I'm keeping them in a long, fairly shallow tank, 60" x 18" x 12"high, with a current flow provided by a Hydor "water fan" and a hang on the back filter both on one end directed the full length of the tank. I also have two sponge filters in there as well. The substrate is sand with small pebbles and decor round rocks, a chunk of driftwood in the center, and plastic plants here and there. They are voracious herbivores so real plants, even the tough one like Java fern and Anubias don't last. In fact they love Guppy grass... so much so that I can't keep it in supply. The temperature is around 75-78F. Along with the ten 'canarensis', for tank mates I have eight small Herichthys bartoni and three Theraps wesseli. I had also put in ten pretty little barbs, Puntius gelius that are from the native waters of the canarensis, but the 'bartoni' made short work of them. I didn't think a 11/2" bartoni could swallow a 3/4" barb. Well, live and learn. There are absolutely no compatibility issues among the two species. In fact, It seems as if they don't even see one another. I'd be happy to submit a photo or two . I'll go ahead with that.