Green chromide - Etroplus suratensis
Scientific name: Etroplus suratensis
Common name: Green chromide
Usual size in fish tanks: 25 - 30 cm (9.84 - 11.81 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 8 - 8.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 12 - 26°N (214.29 - 464.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South Asia
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Quality flakes and pellets can provide the staple diet. Vegetable matter should also be given in the form of spinach, peas, and lettuce. Green chromides will also accept treats of blood worms and brine shrimp.
Southern India: Green chromides are found in the fresh and brackish water habitats.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
Green chromides are classed as open water spawners but may use caves as their spawning sites. Normally the eggs will be deposited on a flat rock which has previously been cleaned by the parents. The eggs should hatch after 36 hours and the fry will be free swimming a few days later. The fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp, rotifers or crushed flake.
The expected life span for Etroplus suratensis is 5-8 years.
Etroplus suratensis can tolerate freshwater for short periods of time but prefers brackish conditions. Use fine sand for the substrate and provide hiding places with caves or wood. Open swimming spaces must be provided. Green chromide lives in a brackish water. Even though they are aggressive in small tanks, they are peaceful in big tanks when there are at least 6 of Green chromide fish.
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