This pretty flying barb is imported only very occasionally. It originates from the north of India. The species attains a length of about 5 cm and is a peaceful schooling fish that uses to swim in the upper layers of the water column.
The coloration of Chela cachius is very interesting. If there is a dull lightning of the tank, the fish looks rather drab. If the light comes from the front, the silvery scales shine in all colours of the rainbow. But the very special feature of the species is the deep blue colour in the inner layers of the skin. In a properly lightened tank, Chela cachius is a real eyecatcher. Depending on the angel of the light the fish shines in many colours or blooms in bright blue.
Regarding the keeping the fish is not demanding at all. It can be compared best with the Zebrafish (Danio rerio) or the Ruby barb (Pethia conchonius), both of which swim in the wild along with Chela cachius. The water chemistry is of lesser meaning and the temperature may range between 18 and 28°C. The fish feed readily on any type of usual fish food, but only from the water surface or during the sinking process. Chela cachius do not feed from the bottom of the tank.
For our customers: the animals have code 409402 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Chela: after the indigenous name for the genus in Bengal. cachius: after the indigenous name for the species in Bengal.
Suggestion of a common name: Sky-blue flying barb
Text & photo: Frank Schäfer
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|Herkunft||Indien / India|
|Verfügbare Größe in cm||4-5|