Carnegiella strigata fasciata, Garman, 1890
Etymology: Carnegiella, After miss Margaret Carnegie, referring to the grace of the fish, strigata means striped.
Synonyms:Gasteropelecus strigatus, Carnegiella vesca.
First European import: Germany, 1910, by F. Meyer.
Description: See pictures.
Care: Carnegiella strigata requiere a larger tank, minimum 80 cm, with strong currents in the upper region of the tank.They should always be kept in groups, single specimens will perish from stress and die. The fish are not sensitive to waterconditions, they can be kept in hard slightly alkaline water, but are best kept in soft slightly acidic to acidic water. Frequent waterchanges are important to keep the fish healthy. The environment should be a densely planted tank, with groups of plants that go up to the surface, combined with some floating plants and some driftwood. Carnegiella strigata are really peacefull fish, and can be combined with all kinds of fish of similar size. A sunny location of the tank is highly appreciated by the fish. Lively fish , that will inhabit all the regions in a tank, mostly between plants.
Temperature: 24-28 degrees.
Feeding: Omnivorous, al food is taken. Despite shape and form, food is also taken from the bottom of the tank.
Size: up to 4 cm.
pH: 5.5-7.5 Hardness: up to 20 dGH
Breeding: The difficult part is to feed the fish well enough for the females to start producing eggs. Lots of live food, especially insects, may induce this. If the fish are kept in soft acidic water, peat filtration is recommended, and the light is tempered, spawning will usually occur in the upper regions of the tank. The eggs sink to the bottom of the tank, and will hatch in little over a day, and be free swimming after 5 days. Fry should be fed infusoria the first week.
Sexual dimorphism: None.
Additional: Carnegiella strigata fasciata are very susceptible to Ich, especially when moved to a new tank Several other subspecies exist, Hoedemann described 5 subspecies in 1950.
Picture references: Pictures: E. Naus
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