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Purple Harlequin M Fish

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Purple Harlequin M Fish



Name  Purple Harlequin M Fish
Scientific  Name  Trigonostigma heteromorpha
Temperature  22 - 27°C 
PH range  6.5 - 7.5
Diet  Omnivore
Habitat  Fully Aquatic
Temperament  Pieceful
Max Size  6.0 cm


Discription :
The Harlequin Rasbora is a small fish, reaching a total length of 2 inches (5 cm). It is much stockier than its cousins and is rather 'tall' with a convex belly area.Depending on the region of origin, these fish will vary in appearance. The fish in Thailand are normally smaller and slimmer than the fish from Singapore and the Sunda Island populations. It is thought that these deviations are caused by captive-bred fish being released or escaping from fish farms.The average lifespan is about 5 to 6 years in the aquarium with good care.These fish can vary in color, ranging from a pale pink or bright red to a copper orange along the top and bottom. A black triangular marking with a noticeably blue tint adorns the back half of its side, parallel to the gills. Some individuals will have purple highlights just in front of the patch.Varieties with a more copper or golden color are sometimes called Gold Harlequin Rasbora while those with a black patch and a mostly black body are called Black Harlequin Rasbora. Those with a strong bluish tinting will sometimes be referred to as Blue Harlequin Rasbora.


Aquarium Care :
They are not exceptionally difficult to care for provided their water is kept clean. At least 25 to 50% of the tank water should be replaced once a month. If the tank is densely stocked, 20 to 25% should be replaced weekly or every other week. The substrate should also be vacuumed during water changes to avoid accumulation of waste.

Foods and Feeding :
Harlequin Rasboras are  Omnivore, and in the wild, they feed on small insects, worms, crustaceans, and zooplankton. They should be given a balance of quality flake or pellet food supplemented with the occasional live snack of brine shrimp or bloodworms. Although live foods are an important part of their diet, don’t over indulge them, or they may refuse prepared foods.Some blanched lettuce or spinach is also a welcome addition to their diet. These fish will do best when offered food several times a day, but only offer what they can eat in 3 minutes or less at each feeding. If you feed only once per day, provide what they can eat in about 5 minutes.

Sexing : Females are slightly larger and plumper than males. On the males, the black triangle is slightly more rounded and elongated.


Breeding :
Breeding the Harlequin Rasbora can be a bit challenging. Water conditions must be optimal for them to be willing to spawn, and then they can spawn for days before an actual mating takes place. Like other cyprinids, they exhibit no parental care for the young, but they differ slightly in their spawning method. Rather than being open water egg scatterers, they attach their eggs to the undersides of broad-leaved plants or other objects. Pairs need to be well conditioned with small offerings of live foods several times a day, usually for about 4 weeks. Conditioning with live foods will also bring out the males' color. When well fed, mature females should begin filling out with eggs.It is best to provide a dimly lit breeding tank and keep the water level low, at about 6 to 8" (15 - 20 cm). The water should be very soft and not higher than 1.5 to 2.5° dGH, slightly acidic with a pH of 5.3 - 6.0, and a temperature between 77 and 82.4° F (25 - 28° C). Filtration isn't really necessary, but you can add a small air-powered sponge filter or some peat filtration. They need either artificial or live broad-leaved plants, like Microsorium or Cryptocoryne, for the eggs to adhere to. A spawning mop can also be added, so any eggs that don't attach to the leaves have a place to fall that's out of the reach of the parents.After the pair are moved to the breeding tank, spawning will usually occur in the morning hours. The male will direct the female to his selected location, almost always the underside of a broad-leaved plant. The male performs a courtship dance, and the spawn takes place under the plant leaves, with the partners swimming upside down. The pair will spawn, and 6 to 12 eggs will be deposited at a time on the underside of a leaf. About 80 to 100 eggs are typical, though they could deposit as many as 300.Although they take much care in depositing the eggs, they will eat their eggs and fry if not removed. After the spawn, remove the parents and darken the tank. At this time, you can lower the water level to between 4 and 6 inches (10-15 cm), taking care to keep the eggs below the surface.The fry will hatch in about 24 hours (usually between 18 and 36) and be free-swimming in about 3 to 5 days. The free-swimming fry are only 3 to 4 mm long so provide starter foods like infuser for the first few days. They grow quickly and will be large enough to eat baby brine shrimp after about a week to 14 days. See Fish food for fry for information about types of foods for raising the young.


What's in the box ?
1 x Purple Harlequin M Fish
Size ?

2'' (cm)



1. As with all aquatic invertebrates, it is important to make sure copper does not get into the aquarium. Copper is toxic to all Dwarf Shrimp. Many medications contain elevated levels of copper, so it is recommended not to medicate an aquarium containing Dwarf Shrimp.
2. One of the most important aspects of shrimp keeping is Acclimatization of new shrimps, this is a must and should be done properly.
3. We transport all our live stock via Train/Bus/Air, so contact us which one would you prefer. We prefer sending by train because of the cheap shipping charges and ease of shipping, the shipping charges are calculated that of train by default. To recevie the parcel you will have to go to your railway station's "incoming parcel office".
4.The Risk of transportation is borne by the client, we will send you complete picture of packing and delivery of your package.
5.All our live stock are Quarantined


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