Scientific Name: Helostoma temminckii
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Approximate purchase size : 3.5 - 5cm
All Pond Solutions will always endeavour to supply as close to the approximate size range as possible. Due to variations from suppliers on rare occasions this may not always be possible. Images used are to show the full potential of the fish when fully mature and are not always representative of juvenile specimens.
How easy are they to care for?
We would class these as a medium level of care.
How large can they grow?
20 - 25 cm
Where in the world are they from?
Originally described as originating from the Islands of Java Indonesia.
What is the ideal number to keep together?
Should be kept in groups only when juvenile, 2 or more can be kept but only in suitably large aquariums.
What water conditions do they require?
Water requirements are quite broad ranging, will accept 24-30 degrees C with a pH range of 6.0 - 8.0.
What should you feed them?
In order to promote best colour a broad range of frozen or live foods should be offered along side a diet of crushed flake or slow sinking pellets.
How compatible are they with other fish?
General peaceful but best kept with larger species such as congo tetra.