Poptella paraguayensis

7. April 2015

An ornamental fish has not be necessarily colourful to be a beautiful aquarium inhabitant. At least it is hard to believe that anyone would keep Discus tetras due to their colours. There are several species of Discus tetra, all quite similar to each other. We were now able to import one of them, Poptella paraguayensis, from Paraguay. They are large, about 8 cm long, beautiful animals.

As in most other silvery fish the scales sometimes look splendid silver, sometimes rather golden and in some instances the guanine of the scales does not reflect any light and then the scales look greenish. A dark or reflecting horizontal stripe can be seen under some light conditions over two thirds of the body and tail.

As already mentioned: no one would buy this fish for the colours. But the large size and the unusual body shape makes them perfect contrast fish for community tanks. Despite their size Discus tetras are peaceful fish. The colours of other aquarium inhabitants – Aphyocharax species are a good choice for example and fit perfectly from a geographical point of view – seem to be much more intensive when a silvery contrast fish is kept along with them.

For our customers: the animals have code 281715 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Paraguay
Verfügbare Größe in cm 6 - 8