Sharktail Distichodus (Distichodus fasciolatus)

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Sharktail Distichodus

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Sharktail Distichodus

Distichodus fasciolatus

379 Litres (100 US G.)

30.5-61cm (12-24 ")




6.5 - 7.5

23 -27 °C (73.4-80.6°F)

2-25 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

9-12 years



Additional names

Sharktail Distichodus

Additional scientific names

Distichodus fasciatus, Distichodus martini


Widespread throughout the Congo basin.


There are no external differences between the two sexes.

Tank compatibility[edit]

This Distichodus is a peaceful fish that can be kept with any peaceful robust fish of similar size such as larger African Tetras including the Congo Tetra.


This fish should accept most foods including live/frozen foods and pellets, however, the diet should primarily be vegetarian with algae-based foods and blanched vegetables such as carrot or broccoli.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed at least once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

This is a large fish that requires a spacious tank with plenty of swimming room. Decor should primarily consist of secure bogwood and rocks. Tough plants like Anubias may work, but more delicate plants are likely to be eaten. A good filter is essential as this fish can be messy.


This fish is generally peaceful to all other fish.


An elongate characin with a green-blue base colour. It has 9-12 dark vertical bands visible on its flanks and its belly is creamy yellow colour. The fins are translucent and green-blue also.


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