Belontia signata

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Osphronemidae
Origin : Sri Lanka
Length : 13 cm - 5"
Min. length aquarium : 120 cm - 45"
English name : Ceylon fighting fish

When this fish is mature he is difficult to keep together with smaller fish.  He bites a lot.  He is rather shy.  The aquarium should be planted densely and set up with driftwood and roots that make hiding places.  You can keep him together with Helostoma temminckii or some cichlids. 

They are omnivorous.  You should giver them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 500 eggs are laid and fertilized in a rather loose bubblenest.  After 30 hours the eggs hatch and another 3 days later the young fishes are swimming free.  They eat baby brine shrimp immediately.  Both parents care for them for about a week. 

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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