Sailfin Characin (Crenuchus spilurus)
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76 Litres (20 US G.)
5-6 cm (2-2.4")
5.5 - 6.5
24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)
- Sailfin Characin, Sailfin Tetra
Origin[edit | edit source]
- South America: Orinoco and Amazon River basins; and coastal rivers in the Guianas.
Sexing[edit | edit source]
- Mature males are larger and more colourful than females with a more dramatic dorsal fin.
Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]
- A shy fish, this Characin does not shoal and males can be quite territorial to one another. Best kept as a single male with a group of females. Cannot be kept with larger aggressive or predatory fish. Keep with a shoal of dither fish to make this fish feel more secure.
Diet[edit | edit source]
- Will generally not accept dry food, feed with live/frozen food such as bloodworm, daphnia and brine shrimp.
Feeding regime[edit | edit source]
- Feed once or twice a day.
Environment specifics[edit | edit source]
- Must be kept in acidic water, peat filtered is best. A dimly lit tank with dense planting and floating plants and a dark substrate will make this fish feel secure.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
- A shy, mostly mid-bottom dwelling, fish. Males will be territorial to other males of the same species.
Identification[edit | edit source]
- An elongate fish with a slightly humped back. The body is silver-yellow in colour and iridescent with a defined lateral line. It has a forked caudal and elongated dorsal and anal fins, the dorsal has a trailing filament, more prominent on males. The fins are iridescent, translucent with slight spotting.
Pictures[edit | edit source]
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- Fishbase (Mirrors: )