Longsnout Distichodus (Distichodus lusosso)

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Longsnout Distichodus

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Longsnout Distichodus

Distichodus lusosso

208 Litres (55 US G.)

30.5-38.1cm (12-15 ")




6.5 - 7.0

22.2-26.1°C (72 -79 °F)

2-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Other (See article)

9-12 years



Additional names

Longsnout Distichodus, Longnose Distichodus

Additional scientific names

Distichodus leptorhynchus


Found in the Bayari-sea, Lusosso, Zaire, widespread throughout the Congo basin.


There are no external differences between the two sexes.

Tank compatibility[edit]

The Longsnout Distichodus is a peaceful fish that can be kept with anything, as long as the water quality stays within range. Keep with similar-sized peaceful fish.


A herbivorous fish, the Longsnout Distichodus will accept vegetables such as blanched spinach lettuce, and commercial vegetarian fish foods.This fish may eat aquarium plants.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

Tank must be at least 55 gallons. pH must be within 6.5-7.0. Keep the temperature within 72-79°F Do not use live plants as décor. Plant tank heavily with plastic plants, and include some rocks or bogwood in aquarium. the best tank mates for this fish include mid-level to top-level West African or South American fish. This fish may jump, keep the aquarium lid well fixed at all times.


This fish is generally peaceful to all other fish.


An elongate characin with a golden orange base colour with dark vertical bands, the fins are tinged red. It has the same colour pattern as Chromobotia macracanthus and Puntius tetrazona, perhaps an adaptation for schooling in muddy waters in the wild.


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