Pinktailed Chalceus (Chalceus macrolepidotus)

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Pinktailed Chalceus

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Pinktail Chalceus

Chalceus macrolepidotus

208 Litres (55 US G.)

20.3-22.9cm (8-9 ")




6.8 - 7.5

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-8 years



Additional names

Pinktailed Chalceus, Pinktail Chalceus, Pink Tail Chalceus, Pink-Tailed Characin

Additional scientific names

Chalceus ararapeera, Creagrutus pellegrini

Origin[edit | edit source]

South America: Negro and Orinoco River basins and coastal rivers in Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Very difficult to sex visually.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A large and predatory fish that should not be kept with smaller fish. Only keep with similar-sized or larger robust fish. This fish should be kept singly or in groups of 8 or more to spread any aggression.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most meaty foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as earthworms, shrimp, bloodworm and other meaty treats.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

A laterally long tank is essential with plenty of open swimming space and excellent filtration. A secure lid is a must as this fish is known to jump.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A large active predatory fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

An elongate, laterally compressed fish with large scales. The upper parts have rows of large scales, while the lower parts have much smaller ones. The back is brownish-silver while the flanks are silver with a greenish iridescence. The belly is pinkish-silver. The fins range from yellow to dark red in colour. The upper part of the iris is yellow to orange. There is a dark spot near the gill cover.

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