Silver Distichodus (Distichodus affinis)

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Silver Distichodus

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Silver Distichodus

Distichodus affinis

208 Litres (55 US G.)

15-20 cm (5.9-7.9")




6.0 - 8.0

23 -27 °C (73.4-80.6°F)

6-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-8 years



Additional names

Silver Distichodus, Redfin African Barb

Additional scientific names

Distichodus abbreviatus


Central Africa - Lower Congo and Central Congo basin.


Not known, expect that mature females will appear rounder in the belly.

Tank compatibility

A peaceful fish that needs company of its own, keep in groups of 5 or more. Will cohabit with other placid fish from from Central or West Africa.


Will accept most foods including pellet and flake, as well as vegetable based foods and live/frozen foods. Will nibble on aquatic plants.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Appreciate a well filtered spacious tank (120 x 30 x 45cm/48" x 12" x 18") decorated with large river-worn pebbles and bogwood. Not planted tank compatible, will eat plants, keep only with hardy plants such as java fern. Adaptable to most water parameters, but avoid the extremes.


A peaceful shoaling fish.


An elongate and heavy-set fish that is silver in colour with a high, almost humped, back. Black colouration is evident in the dorsal fin and at the base of the forked caudal fin, all other fins are clear.


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