Climbing Perch (Anabas testudineus)

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Climbing Perch

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Climbing Perch

Anabas testudineus

208 Litres (55 US G.)

16-25 cm (6.3-9.8")


1 - 1.015


6.0 - 8.5

22 -30 °C (71.6-86°F)

5-18 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Climbing Perch

Additional scientific names

Amphiprion testudineus


There are no obvious differences between male and female.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Do not keep with small fish as the Climbing Perch is a predator. Can be kept with others of its own kind.


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

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Must have a spacious tank with plenty of hiding places in secure bogwood and rocks. A secure lid is a must with about 5.1-10.2cm (2-4") gap between the water surface and the top of the tank to avoid any mishaps if this fish jumps. This fish must have excellent filtration as it can be a messy eater, and hardy plants as it will nibble soft delicate plants.


An aggressive yet shy fish that is not suitable for a general community aquarium. They are also know to jump when going to the surface for air.


A slender fish with large scales and spines on the gill cover.It is grey-brown to silver in colour, with a dark spot on the base of the caudal fin. Some red can also be observed in the fins.

Species Notes[edit]

  • Be very careful when handling this fish as the spines on its gill cover can cause it to get caught in nets, they will also use these spines to defend themselves.
  • If this fish does escape, do not limit your search to the vicinity of the tank, this fish can "walk" and can be found a surprisingly long distance away! It uses this ability in the wild when pools start to dry up and it will move over land to find a new pool.


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