This species was first described in 1981 and has been popular ever since. The appearance of fully mature specimens is very impressive, owing not just to their coloration but also to the depth of their bodies. A dark central band runs along the midline of these fish, and during the spawning period males develop a blue or white stripe that runs from the dorsal fin down over the head.
- Lake Tebera (Papua New Guinea).
- Up to 5in (13cm), but usually smaller.
- Generally peaceful shoaler.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Spacious, well planted, with large open central area. Short, fine-leaved or fronded plants, such as Java moss (Vesicularia dubyana), may be used along bottom of swimming area. Medium-hard, slightly alkaline, well filtered but not turbulent water recommended. Temperature range: 68-79 F (20-26 C).
- Eggs are scattered —over a period of a few days—among fine-leaved vegetation, e.g., Java moss. Hatching takes approximately 7 days.