Combtail (Belontia signata)

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Combtail

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Combtail

Belontia signata

Moderate

114 Litres (30 US G.)

10.2-12.7cm (4-5 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.0 - 7.5

296.483 K
23.333 °C
533.67 °R
299.817 K
26.667 °C
539.67 °R
23.3-26.7°C (74 -80 °F)

8-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Uncommon

5-8 years



Additional names

Combtail, Ceylonese Combtail, Comb-Tailed Paradise Fish, Ceylon Combtail

Additional scientific names

Polyacanthus signatus


Origin

Asia: common in the south west quarter and mid-hill region of the Mahaweli basin, including the lower hills up to about 800 m. Found throughout Kelani and Kalu River basins, Sri Lanka.

Sexing

Males are more vibrantly coloured with slightly longer finnage.

Tank compatibility

These fish are aggressive so are not suitable for a community tank. Should only be kept with robust similar sized fish or in a species tank.

Diet

Will accept most foods including pellet, flake and spirulina as well as live/frozen food such as bloodworm and daphnia.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Prefers a large spacious tank with dense planting and hiding places in bogwood and rocks.

Behaviour

An aggressive predatory fish.

Identification

Similar to the Paradise Gourami in shape, the body colour is pale yellow-brown with reddish hints and rounded caudal fin. The dorsal, caudal and anal fins are red in colour with blue iridescent banding.

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