Humphead Glassfish (Parambassis pulcinella)
The Humphead Glassfish or Humphead Perchlet is an intriguing and elegant addition to any aquarium, featuring a transparent body with a distinct hump on its head. This freshwater fish exhibits a silver-grey hue with a subtle iridescence, allowing its internal organs to be visible and creating a unique visual appeal.
Humphead Glassfish grow up to 4 inches in size and display a peaceful temperament. They are best suited to cohabitate with other non-aggressive fish species. Keep them in schools of at least 6-8 individuals to promote their social behavior and create an engaging display.
These fish are omnivorous and enjoy a varied diet. Offer them high-quality flakes or pellets, supplemented with live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and bloodworms.
In terms of tank habitat and care, the Humphead Glassfish requires a well-maintained aquarium with a minimum size of 30 gallons. A tank of 50 gallons or more is recommended if kept in a community setting. They thrive in a planted tank with open swimming spaces and hiding spots provided by rocks and driftwood. Consider using a darker substrate to accentuate their distinct appearance. Ideal plants include longer-stalked species like Cabomba caroliniana, Hornwort, and Vallisneria.
The ideal water parameters for Humphead Glassfish are a temperature range of 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C), a pH of 6.0-7.5, and water hardness between 5-19 dGH.
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