Taiwanese Bitterling (Paracheilognathus himantegus)

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Taiwanese Bitterling

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Taiwanese Bitterling

Paracheilognathus himantegus

95 Litres (25 US G.)

6-8 cm (2.4-3.1")




6.5 - 7.5

15 -28 °C (59-82.4°F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years



Additional names

Taiwanese Bitterling, Taiwan Bitterling

Additional scientific names

Achilognathus himantegus, Tanakia himantegus, Acheilognathus chii

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have more vibrant colouration than females.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A small shoaling fish that is generally peaceful, should be kept in groups of at least 5-6 of its own kind.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should accept most foods including pellets and flake, live/frozen foods and occasional blanched vegetables.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Ideally requires a spacious sub-tropical/coldwater set up. Unlike Goldfish, these fish are planted tank safe. Prefers alkaline conditions.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A small cyprinid with a deep body shape rather like a silvery tetra. Males are turquoise blue with a distinct black stripe running through the caudal peduncle onto the tail fin; they have a red flash on the top of the iris and red and black bands on the anal fin. Females are similar, but with yellowy fins and less blue on the body. The black band on the caudal peduncle is thinner and runs further forward, well onto the back half of the flank.

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