Siamese Glassfish (Parambassis siamensis)

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Siamese Glassfish

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Siamese Glassfish

Parambassis siamensis

57 Litres (15 US G.)

5.1-6.1cm (2-2.4 ")




6.5 - 7.5

22.2-27.2°C (72 -81 °F)

8-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Siamese Glassfish

Additional scientific names

Chanda siamensis, Ambassis siamensis, Chanda punctulata


Difficult to visually sex this fish. Mature females may have eggs visible in their bellies when in breeding condition.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This is a peaceful and relatively shy shoaling fish. Should be kept in groups of at least 6 with similar sized peaceful fish such as Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish and Cherry Barbs.


Should accept most foods including pellet and flake food as well as live/frozen foods such as brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Requires a mature tank with dark substrate and dense planting, floating plants are beneficial as they do not like bright lighting. It is a true freshwater fish unlike it's cousin, Parambassis ranga.


A generally peaceful shoaling fish. Males can be territorial and chase one another, but it rarely results in any injuries. A big shoal should avoid any problems.


An oval-shaped fish with an almost transparent body with spine and stomach visible. The fins are also transparent. Can be mis-sold as Parambassis ranga.


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