Trigonostigma espei
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Trigonostigma espei

Common Names: False Harlequin
Lambchop Rasbora
Synonyms: Rasbora espei
Rasbora heteromorpha espei
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; Thailand.
Main Ecosystem: Swamp; Swamp
Temperament: Schooling; A peaceful schooling species. Can become timid if kept with larger, more active fish.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Readily accepts flake food. A dark, densly planted tank is the best environment for the Lambchop Rasbora.
6 - 7
23°C - 28°C
73°F - 82°F
3 dH - 15 dH
Potential Size: Male: 4.5cm (1.8")
Female: 4.5cm (1.8")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are more brightly coloured while females have a more rounded appearance.
Breeding: Can be difficult. Soft, acidic water is a must. Eggs are usually laid on broad leaved plants. Fry must be fed very small live foods.
Comments: Can be confused with the Harlequin Rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha) and with the Harlequin Rasbora Hengeli (Trigonostigma hengeli).

The black triangle on the Harlequin Rasbora is larger than on the Espei or Hengeli. The Hengeli displays only a small orange coloration patch in front of the black triangle while the Espei is orange all the way to the face.
Main Colours: Orange, Black
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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Submitted By: Adam
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