These guys are wonderful. Very peaceful too. Color is awesome and as they get older the scales get a greenish tint to it. I think the greenish tint varies from fish to fish because I have some small ones that have developed the greenish tint while my large one still doesn't have that tint yet.
The price is still a bit high but if you can manage to keep them alive you'll never regret the price.
I have had two of these guys for over a year now as a "feature" fish in my Asian planted tank. I was told they might be a bit shy at first but no such problems - they were swimming around and eating from day one. They share their tank with rasboras and cherry barbs and have never shown any problems. They seem to be very hardy and are a great fish as long as the tank is large enough.
I bought 2 and loved them so much! I went and got 4 more! They are so gorgeous and friendly! Sometimes they get confused and school with my rummy nose tetras! :D It is a beautiful thing to see all those red noses!
IME they're sensitive to activity outside the tank. They will dart sparatically sometimes running into the glass or objects, even other fish if someone walks by their tank. If you have a very quiet place for them in your home, they'd be a delight! They appreciate plenty of current to swim against and enjoy rock tunnels, driftwood with branches and large leaved plants for their "playground". They nibble on Anachris leaves until nothings left but the stem. They also pick the substrate for anything edible. I feed mine 3 times a day and they look fantastic! They will easily outcompete slow moving fish at feeding time if your not careful to feed them on opsite sides of the tank.
I had 3 of these guys and they did awesome for the first six months till they started to mature then two of them ganged up on the third and killed him. The two are doing fine for now but we'll see, hopefully they'll be more peaceful now. Awesome color and very active, plus they don't bother any other fish at all. Great fish but probably ought to be kept in larger groups
Not quite endangered... Just threatened. That's the case for any fish species that has been introduced to the aquarium world. It's just not the aquarium trade that has put these fish on the threatened list - I've read once that these fish are considered a delicousy in India!! With that aside. These fishes are probably one of the most peaceful big fish species out there. I have them with Celestial Pearl Danios and they get along fine. Infact, they seem to bring out the best in my celestial pearl danios!
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