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Brevibora cheeya

The Brevibora cheeya inhabits water bodies in the states of Selangor, Terengganu and Johor in Malaysia under natural conditions. The fish inhabit water bodies with stagnant or slow-flowing water (marshes, forest channels). The water in these places has a brownish colour due to the abundance of tannins dissolved in it, released in the process of decomposition of organic matter at the bottom. These fish are rarely found on the shelves of pet shops.

Brevibora cheeya has an unassuming grey colouration. The dorsal fin has a black spot. The females are slightly larger than the males and have a rounded abdomen. The maximum size of the fish is 4-5.5 cm.

Brevibora cheeya not demanding, easy to keep fish, which can easily be kept in a shared aquarium with other peace-loving fish species. By nature, it is a gregarious fish, and if possible, they should be kept in a group of at least 8 specimens.

The aquarium scenery there are no special requirements, although the most effective Chia razbory look at the background of a dark substrate in a densely planted aquarium.

As a substrate is desirable to use coarse-grained river sand. At the bottom to place snags, placing them in such a way that they formed numerous shady areas, where they like to be these fish.

A leaf litter made from pre-dried oak or beech leaves can be placed at the bottom, which not only brings the conditions as close as possible to natural conditions, but also encourages the development of bacterial colonies, which are good extra food for the fry.

Periodically, once every 3-4 weeks, the leaf litter should be changed with a new one. Water parameters: temperature 2-25° C, hardness dH 1-8°, pH 4,0-7,0. Requires aeration, filtration and weekly change of ¼ of the aquarium water with fresh.

The lighting should be low. If reducing the intensity of light sources is problematic, the water surface can be placed on the bushes of floating plants, which are a good natural light filter. The light duration is 8 - 10 hours per day.

In nature, the Brevibora cheeya feed on small insects, worms and crustaceans. In the aquarium, the fish are fed a variety of dry food, live and frozen daphnia, artemia and bloodworms. Fish need to be fed 2 times a day.


The Brevibora cheeya does not propagate in the aquarium. All fish that appear on the shelves of domestic pet shops, delivered from their natural habitat.

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