Characidium fasciatum, Reinhardt,1866
Origin:Occurs widely in tropical South America, in small clear streams.
Etymology: fasciatum means striped
Care: Charcidium fasciatum can be kept in virtually any type of tank, provided the water is fresh and rich in oxygen. As older fish are territorial, it's best to keep only single fish in smaller tanks. The fish are best kept in slightly acidic soft water, a dark soil, and prefer some hidouts like caves. The fish are very peacefull towards other fish, not shy, and can get to know their owner.
Feeding:Omnivorous, all food is taken.
Breeding: Not very difficult. In a 60 cm breeding tank, with soft acidic fresh water, and some javamoss, a female should be added. At the end of the (next) day a male should be added, and usually the fish will spawn the next morning. The parents should be removed after spawning. Eggs will hatch in 1.5-2 days, and can be raised with infusoria and later artemia.
Sexual dimorphism: At the base of the dorsal fin some spots can be observed in males, edge of the dorsal fin is dark in some males
Additional:Approximately 50 (sub)species have been described, which are almost undistinguisable.
Picture references:Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982):
Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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