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Glassfish – Thai chandid Parambassis wolffii




Thai chandid
Parambassis wolffii

Originally described as Chanda wolfii, this glassfish is one of the largest members of the Parambassis genus. The species name has previously been incorrectly spelt wolfii. The genus contains around 14 species, including: P. altipinnis; P. apogonoides; P. confinis; P. dayi; P. gulliveri; P. lala; P. macrolepis; P. pulcinella; P. ranga; P. siamensis; P. tenasserimensis; P. thomassi; P. vollmeri and P. wolffii.

Origin: Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam. The fish is known from the Maeklong, Mekong and Chao Phraya basins.

Size: One of the largest Parambassis species at up to 20cm/8″.

Diet: Stomach analyses show that these eat insects, crustaceans and small fishes. Captive fish accept bloodworms, small shrimp and mysis, but may be initially reluctant to take dried foods.

Water: Freshwater and will appreciate a Brackish water system if offered, presumably because the most common Parambassis, P. ranga, sometimes lives in brackish water. however, to the best of our knowledge, like the related P. pulcinella, this is actually a true freshwater fish. PFK contributor Dr Neale Monks says it is debatable that any of these species need salty water, contrary to popular belief.

Aquarium: Given the large size of this ambassid, it’s best kept in a very spacious tank of, say, 120cm/48″ at least. They are generally relatively peaceful fish and mix well with barbs, loaches and Devario.

Size at shipping SMALL about 1.5-1.75

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