Pikehead (Luciocephalus pulcher)

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Pikehead

Luciocephalus pulcher

170 Litres (45 US G.)

17.8-20.3cm (7-8 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

5.5 - 7.2

22.2-26.1°C (72 -79 °F)

10-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Carnivore
Live Foods

5-8 years

Family

Osphronemidae





Additional names

Pikehead, Crocodile Fish


Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: Peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia and Singapore


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This is a predatory hunter with an comparatively large mouth, it can be kept in groups of it's own kind and any other tank mates must be larger, relatively docile but robust fish.


Diet[edit | edit source]

This fish can be difficult to feed and is best fed with live foods such as bloodworm, it is piscavorous in nature and will eat fish smaller than itself.


Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

This fish must be kept in immaculate acidic conditions and can be very sensitive to water quality issues so any tank must be very mature. They do best in planted tanks without very bright lighting and plenty of hiding places.

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