overviewThe Pencilfish originates within the tributaries of South America. They are bullet shaped and are mostly gold in color. Red and black horizontal lines cover the entire length of the fish and the red line extends into the tail. The upper half of the caudal fin is clear while the rest of the fin is red in coloration. They are a peaceful fish that will make a wonderful addition to any freshwater community aquarium.
The Pencilfish can be housed in an aquarium with other peaceful soft water fish. It is best to keep these fish with fish that are not overly active. Live plants, rocks and driftwood help to enhance its natural habitat and provide hiding spaces. They are sensitive to high nitrate levels, so frequent water changes may be necessary.
It is best when trying to breed the Pencilfish to remove the pair from the community aquarium to a separate breeding aquarium. Quickly remove parents after spawning, as they will frequently consume the eggs. The eggs will hatch within a few days. Feed the newborn newly hatched brine shrimp or rotifers.
The Pencilfish will typically inhabit the upper third of the aquarium where they will search for food. Frozen and freeze dried daphnia, baby brine shrimp and tubifex worms are an ideal food. In time, they will also adapt to accepting crushed flake foods.
Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1-1/4"