Origin: Venezuela. Paraguay
Synonyms:Epicyrtus microlepis, Anacyrtus microlepis, Cynopotamus microlepis, Roeboides microlepis.
First European import: The Netherlands, 1954.
Description: See picture.
Care: Not suitable for the community tank, the fish are predators, and some fish specialize in eating the eyes of other fish. Best kept in pairs, or in small schools in a species tank. The fish require a lot of free swimming space with plants on the side, in between which they will hide, waiting for prey. Water should be neutral to slightly acidic, possibly peat filtered, although they can adapt to slightly alkaline water as well. A dark soil and some floating plants increase the well being of the fish.
Temperature: 23-25 degrees.
Feeding: Live and frozen food. Sometimes flake food is also accepted.
Size: Up to 10 cm.
Breeding: Unknown. Probably free spawning, with floating eggs.
Sexual dimorphism: Males more intense yellow, and elongated dorsal fin. During the breeding season the males have an orange throat.
Additional:Asiphonychthys condei is a pretty rare fish to find in aquariumshops.
Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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