Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Posted Nov 25, 2011
These fish became popular few years back and you can see them in almost any aquatics shop.As usually the males look much better then females. Easy enough for a community tank, usually don't bother anyone providing there is a lot of vegetation. They like peace, and soft water flow.
The issue with keeping is to get the color to come out. I have noticed a big difference depending on the brightness of the substrate. Darker substrate seems to work best.
Don't be surprised when the red fish you bought turns out to be yellow in your tank.
Supposedly the food affects the coloration but I always feed my fish with a variety of live and dry foods. If you use dry flakes only make sure you buy the bright colored ones from a reputable brand. If you see the poo in various colors, try to change the brand, unless you are overfeeding, then simply try feeding less.
It's a good fish for beginners.