Pin Stripe Damba
The Pin Stripe Damba or Menarambo comes from Lake Sarodrano in northern Madagascar.
It was discovered by Jean-Claude Nourissat and Patrick de Rham in 1992 and is
now extinct in the wild. When young, Mearambos are a pale gold
with black dots in a pin stripe pattern. As they reach adulthood, around 4
inches or 3 years of age, they are blue/gray to almost white with black dot pin
stripes. The fins are edged in red, especially the tail. Memarambos
will need a large tank of 140 gallons or more and should be kept in schools of 6
or more to reduce aggression.
The tank should provide fine sand, driftwood
and stones. Menarambos are indifferent to plants, but since they sift sand
constantly, plants are not likely to survive. Menarambos have teeth
specially designed for crushing snail shells to obtain food. They will
also eat frozen brineshrimp, bloodworms and daphnia.
Males and females are extremely difficult to distinguish and to breed. Cold water
changes and natural light may enhance breeding. When spawning, the pair will pale
in color and darken on the underside with blue in the tail and face. They display with
their head down and clean rocky areas.
Menarambos are a substrate spawner. The eggs are laid in a pit and will
adhere to surfaces such as driftwood. The pair should be separated for
spawning, as the eggs are quickly eaten by other fish in the tank despite
attempts by the parents to protect them. Some sources indicate the parents
themselves will eat the eggs. Menarambos can be hybrid with Paretroplus maculates.
||24 - 30
C; 75 - 86 F
||7.0 - 8.0
||25 cm; 10 inches
||> 6 years
||Difficult, Egg Layer