Rosy Bitterling (Rhodeus ocellatus)
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76 Litres (20 US G.)
6-7 cm (2.4-2.8")
7.0 - 7.5
18 -24 °C (64.4-75.2°F)
- Rosy Bitterling, Rose Bitterling, Hong Kong Bitterling
Additional scientific names
- Rhodeus ocellatus ocellatus, Pseudoperilampus ocellatus, Rhodeus hwanghoensis
Origin[edit | edit source]
- Asia: Eastern Asia, Taiwan and Russia.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Males have more colour than females.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- A generally quite shy fish that should be kept in a group of at least 6. Should happily co-habit with other peaceful sub-tropical fish such as Rhinogobius Gobies.
Diet[edit | edit source]
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed once or twice a day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- This is a sub-tropical relatively unfussy fish that should be ideally kept at 18-24°C (64.4-75.2°F) with neutral to slightly alkaline conditions, but will adapt to other conditions. Their tank should provide plenty of hiding places with rocks and bogwood. They prefer a sand substrate to gravel.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- A shy shoaling fish.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- From a distance looks a little like Melanotaenia praecox, it is a high sided oval-shaped fish with a pointed snout and large eyes. The dorsal and anal fins mirror each other in size and there is a short black line from the caudal peduncle to about a quarter along the body. Females lack much colour but males have a metallic blue iridescence as well as an orange chest and pink/red in the fins.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )