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Aphyocharax anisitsi, Eigenmann & Kennedy, 1903

Origin: Rio Parana in Argentina.

Etymology: anisitsi: ?

Synonyms: Aphyocharax rubripinnis, A. affinis, Tetragonopterus rubropictus.

First European import: Germany, 1906, By O. Kittler.

Description: See pictures

Care: Best kept in groups in 60 cm tanks or larger. A dark soil and a densely planted back of the tank, combined with a temperature of 22-24 degrees is the best way to keep the fish. As a result they will be quite colorful and lively. Very hardy fish, that does well in every tank. They can stand very hard water, and if a biotope aquarium isn't preferred, would make a nice addition to a african(Malawi/Tanganjika) cichlid tank.

Temperature: 18-28 degrees

Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is accepted.

Size: 5.0 cm

pH: 6.0-8.0

Breeding: Free spawner. A female can lay up to 500 tiny eggs near the surface between plants. The parents will eat the eggs even during spawning, and should be removed as soon as enough eggs have been laid. Fry are extremely small and should be fed infusoria or ground flake food.

Sexual dimorphism: Male anal fin stucture is different, in the aquarium the difference is hard to see, but by observing the fish closely it is possible to distinguish the genders on the basis of their behaviour.

Prices: Unknown.

Additional: Life expectancy over 10 years

Picture references: All pictures E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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