Sphaerichthys selatanensis

5. June 2012

With an overall length of 5 cm Sphaerichthys selatanensis is probably the smallest representative of the chocolate gouramis. It may recognized by its typical cross design. The species originates from Kalimantan in the southeast part of the island of Borneo. Like its relatives it lives in acidic black water brooks (at the discovery site measured water equivalents: pH: 4.5. LF: 17 µs/cm, temp.: 26°C). Chocolate gouramis need much attention during acclimatization and maintenance. Natural water conditions should serve thereby as model, peat filtering or the use of tropical-almond leafs (catappa) are recommended. Regarding community fish, small Rasbora species are suitable, they share the biotopes with S. selatanensis also in the wild. Breeding of chocolate gouramis is very difficult, in particular the raising of the larvae often fails due to infections. For our customers: the fish has code 455822 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Sphaerichthys: from ancient Greek, menas “spheric fish”; selatanensis: after the Province of Kalimantan Selatan on Borneo, where the fish initially has been discovered.

Suggestion of a common name: Crossband Chocolate Gourami
(Photo F. Schäfer, Text K. Diehl)

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Borneo
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4 - 5