Blue sheatfish - Kryptopterus cryptopterus
Scientific name: Kryptopterus cryptopterus
Common name: Blue sheatfish
Usual size in fish tanks: 19 - 21 cm (7.48 - 8.27 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.3 - 6.9
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 8 - 16°N (142.86 - 285.71ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 26 °C (71.6 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: East Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Blue sheatfish are not fussy eaters so use a quality flake or pellets for the staple diet but they will also require regular meals of live or frozen foods to vary this. Blood worms, brine shrimp and mysis are ideal.
South East Asia; Blue sheatfish are native to Borneo and Indonesia.
Males have a slimmer body shape than the females. The males will also have a serrated edge on their pectoral fin, this is not seen on the females.
As of yet, there are no reported cases of these breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span for Kryptopterus cryptopterus is 5-8 years.
Kryptopterus cryptopterus is very peaceful to other tank mates but to make it feel secure they should be kept in small groups of at least 3 specimens. Use a planted tank but ensure that there are open swimming spaces at the front as they are very active swimmers. They are not that common in the aquarium hobby but specialised suppliers should be able to obtain them.
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