Hello, I recently spotted a small (2cm long) thin, cylindrical fish, pretty drab in colour, but with a bright blue eye in the shop listed as "lamp eye" - I've looked it up on google but it comes up with a completely different fish. Anyone have any ideas?
It is indeed a great fish. Silver in colour but with the brightest blue eyes. The fish is small, no more than 3cm but I have had my 3 for over 18 months living quite happily with some Angels , Swords and Cardinal Tetras. The eye is a deep black and looks like blue eye shadow has been painted above it. A really pretty fish !
My (very old) copy of the Observers book of Tropical fishes says............. Lamp Eye - Poropanchax macrophthalmus Other names - Aplocheilichthys or Micropanchax macrophthalmus or Lantern Eye.
It apparently originates from Lagos. Eggs are not scattered but laid singly or in groups, dangling from the female ventral fin until brushed against plants. Fry are difficult to raise.