Caring for Your New Indian Glassfish  The inside scoop from Aqualand Pets Plus on Chanda lala

 
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Glassfish Factoids

Origin

India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia

Sexual Differences

Longer fins and more color on males

Temperature

75o to 80o

Attitude

Schooling fish

Schedule

Always hungry for small meals

Security

Prefers planted tanks

Foods

Picky eaters

Water

Prefers water with salt in it

Size

2 inches +

Longevity

2 to 3 years

Spawn Size

200 eggs per female

Incubation Period

24 hours

Breeding Comments

Separate sexes before breeding

LA
As you may have suspected, these are not the natural colors of the Indian glassfish.

Origins:  Often sold as the Indian glassfish, you can probably guess where these guys originally came from.  They flourish in estuaries where freshwater mixes with sea water.  Most now come from the orient where they inject them with fluorescent dyes -- orange and black on Halloween, green and red on Christmas.

LA
Painted glassfish cost three times as much as the now hard to find "naturals."

Appeal:  Painted glass fish appeal to newer hobbyists because of their flamboyant colors.  They lose these bright colors within six months -- usually sooner.  Unpainted glass fish catch your eye because you can see their bones thru their transparent skin.  Their bones last longer than the dyes.  The long fins and reflective colors also look good.  

 

Size:  At their two-inch adult size, glassfish fit into your average community aquarium.  

LA
Chanda ranga, the jewel glass fish, looks prettier and more delicate than Chanda lala.

LA
Chanda rangas come in at 0.5 inch and are darn hard to keep alive.

Housing:  Indian glassfish fit fine in a 10-gallon tank.  In the wild, these guys run in shoals (large schools).  So the bigger the group you keep them in, the better they like it.

Water:  Indian glassfish prefer moderately hard water with a pH above neutral – just like our Des Moines water.  Considered a “brackish water fish,”  Indian glassfish  prefer salt in their water (one teaspoon per gallon minimum or even more).  If yours start acting a bit off their feed, add salt until they snap out of it.

Foods:  Indian glassfish ignore most flake and pelleted foods.  They prefer live or frozen foods.  If you decide to breed them, condition them with live or frozen foods.

Temperature:  Keep your Indian glassfish at tropical temperatures – 75o to 80o.  They will adjust to cooler or warmer temperatures.

Breeding:  Males sport longer finnage and slightly brighter colors.  However, to assure success, you need to separate each breeder into its own tank for a week or two.  This helps them concentrate on strengthening their breeding desires.  You’ll get bigger glassfish spawns on your schedule – not theirs.

 

Decor:  You can aquascape their regular quarters just like any other community fish.  glassfish neither knock things about nor dig holes.  In their breeding tank, add plenty of bushy plants to catch their slightly adhesive eggs.

Breeding:  Put your breeders together the night before and flip off the lights.  Most tetra-like fish will breed at “first light.”  (Lots of people consider glassfish tetras.  They’re not related.)

Egg Incubation:  Glassfish eggs hatch fast -- in 24 hours. 

Fry Care:  Glassfish larvae live off their egg yolks for two days.  Once they start swimming, start the fry on infusoria.  Bump them up two newly hatched live brine shrimp after one week.

LA
Bumpy growths often occur on glassfish where the dye went in.  

The “Bumpy Disease:”  Indian glassfish are injected with dye – like a tattoo only not as long lasting.  Some (maybe 5%)  will grow whitish bumps from these injection sites.  We’ve found no cure for these non-contagious bumps.  Scrape them off with your thumbnail or ignore them.  We see much less of the stuff these days.

LA
Glass catfish mix well with glassfish.

LA
Still, when we see them in mass quantities, we gotta like painted glassfish.

Last Word:  Want a fish you can see thru?  You’ll like the Indian glassfish. Remember that they are picky eaters. LA.

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