Spilurus Tetra (Iguanodectes spilurus)

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Spilurus Tetra

Spilurus Tetra

Iguanodectes spilurus

132 Litres (35 US G.)

8-10 cm (3.1-3.9")




5.0 - 7.5

23 -27 °C (73.4-80.6°F)

8-18 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

4-8 years



Additional names

Spilurus Tetra

Additional scientific names

Piabuca spilurus, Iguanodectes tenuis

Origin[edit | edit source]

This fish belongs to the very small sub-family Iguanodectinae and originates from the Amazon River Basin.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult. Females may appear fuller in the belly than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Must be kept in shoals of 6 or more and should not bother other peaceful community tank mates provided they appreciate the same kind of environment as the Tetra.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will take most foods but prefers live such as insects, bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Thrives in acidic water and a strong current with plenty of lateral swimming space.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful active shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongate pale coloured fish with a forked caudal. The body is almost translucent, with pale green colouration. During spawning they develop a pink-red colour.

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