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Anabas testudineus
November 24, 2011
4:15 pm
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Matt
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Is this species aggressive when maintained in a group? Reports appear to vary. I do remember us having small ones in at the shop a couple of times and they seemed quite peaceful with one another.

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November 24, 2011
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Never kept it myself but I've observed this species in some showtanks in a fish store in Stockholm and never seen any aggression whatsoever. These aquariums were pretty big though. I would guess they were around 400-500 litres.

November 25, 2011
3:23 am
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Usually seen tankfuls of them, no signs of aggression. Perhaps the numbers of fish in the tank somehow reduce their aggression? However, i've rarely seen them fighting with each other though, even in a tank of few individuals.

November 25, 2011
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Ok thanks guys, were these adults or juveniles?

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November 25, 2011
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They were at least 15-20 cm TL.

November 25, 2011
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Thanks Gustav!

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November 25, 2011
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I had a batch of twenty and seen no aggression. They were ca. 60mm and through selling ended up with dwindling numbers from twenty down to three or four and still no aggression.

Interestingly Patrick was here at the time and he told me that this species is used to ward off evil spirits in its home range. So if a family believe they are being haunted they will keep some Anabas in the home and evil ghosts will not cross the threshold of the house.

Also, they hurt!

November 25, 2011
5:21 pm
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Matt, i observed this in both fries, juveniles and adults stage. They living peacefully /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

Colin, yeap, in Malaysia.. Malay people usually keep one Anabas in an aquarium/bowl, usually in the doorway or entrance to the house to ward off evil spirits..

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