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Fish from Indonesia

Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, comprising more than thirteen thousand separate islands, including Java, New Guinea, Sumatra and Sulawesi. Naturally, these have a wide variety of fish life, from great rivers (the longest, the Kapuas is over 700 miles long), fast moving streams (rainbowfish), to vegetation choked marshes (anabantids). Much of the natural habitat is under threat due to deforestation for the palm oil industry. Some of the regularly seen Indonesian aquarium species are listed below.

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Balantiocheilos melanopterus Silver shark
Betta brownorum Browns anabantid
Betta imbellis
Carinotetraodon irrubesco Red-tailed puffer
Chilatherina bleheri Bleher's rainbowfish
Dermogenys pusillus Half-beak
Melanotaenia boesemani Boesemans rainbow fish
Melanotaenia praecox Dwarf neon rainbowfish
Oryzias latipes Rice fish
Puntius oligolepis Checker barb
Puntius tetrazona Tiger Barb
Rasbora maculata Dwarf Rasbora
Rasbora pauciperforata Red-line Rasbora
Scleropages formosus Golden Arowana
Stigmatogobius sadanunidio Knight goby
Telmatherina ladigesi Celebes rainbowfish
Trichogaster leeri Pearl gourami
Trichogaster trichopterus Blue gourami
Trichopsis vittata Croaking gourami








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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