A charming little fellow which seems to go unnoticed by the tankmates but definitely not by humans. It is an interesting observation that this fish is not chased by any other fish. It may well be that the markings and / or the shape of this fish clearly identify it from the rest and therefore they leave it in peace. This is even more surprising given the fact that most of the species I keep have males with blue heads. The photo above shows my 15 month old P. steveni which has not got its final coloration yet.
This fish - as with many haps - takes a long time to develop the full coloration and this is a pity because it doesn't attract the hobbyist unless it is fully grown up which makes it a bit expensive. Sometimes, you have to add a female otherwise the male may stay with the color combination shown in the photo. If you can find it just get it - you won't be disappointed. The coloration of the adult male is blue / yellow sides with a vivid red anal fin. Since the color and shape of the fish is unique among the species I keep, the fish is not "forced" by rival males to show his full color. The vertical bars may be visible at times. The male grows to approximately 14 cm.
Top photo shot in March 2000; bottom photo shot in January 2000. See next page for more photos.