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Indian glassfish - Parambassis ranga

Indian glassfish - Parambassis ranga

Scientific name: Parambassis ranga

Common name: Indian glassfish

Family: Ambassidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 5 - 6 cm (1.97 - 2.36 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 7.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 20°N (178.57 - 357.14ppm)

0°C 32°F30°C 86°F

Recommended temperature: 20 - 26 °C (68 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: South Asia

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Indian glassfish will accept all foods offered. Quality flake should provide the staple diet, treats of blood worm, brine shrimp, tubifex or daphnia should be given 2-3 times per week.


Asia; Indian glassfish are to be found in Pakistan, India, Thailand and Malaysia.


Males will have a blue edge on their fins, with the females, they will be clear.


Adding a little salt to the breeding tank 2 months prior to breeding will help. The tank will need to see light in the morning to induce spawning, prior to this do a largish water change with fresh water. The eggs will be laid on broad leaved plants but coaxing the fry to eat after hatching can be difficult. Try them with Infusoria initially.


The expected life span for Parambassis ranga is 5-6 years.

Short description

Parambassis ranga can be kept in smaller aquariums bit provide swimming spaces at the front of the tank. Plants should be added at the sides along with caves or similar to provide hiding places if required. They should be kept in small groups and seem to benefit from the addition of a little salt.


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