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Hemigrammus caudovittatus, Ahl, 1923

Origin: Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, in the La Plata region.

Etymology:

Synonyms: Hyphessobrycon anisitsi(Not Eigenmann)

First European import: Germany, 1922, by Martin Becker.

Description: See pictures.

Care: A peacefull community fish, that should be kept in groups of 6 or more fish in larger tanks(80 cm). The fish are extremely hardy and can be kept in every type of setup. Downside of the fish is they will eat the softer plants. Decoration of the tank with driftwood, javafern, Bolbitis and other hard plants. The tank should be well filtered, and regular waterchanges, monthly 25%.

Temperature: 18-28 degrees.

Feeding: Omnivorous, some boiled lettuce or similar should be fed occasionally.

Size: Up to 7 cm.

pH: 6.0-8.5 Hardness up to 35 dGH.

Breeding: Easy, very productiv. Usually the fish will spawn regularly in community tanks. Very productiv

Sexual dimorphism: Males more colorful, especially more red. Females are thicker.

Prices: Netherlands 1.75-2.25€.

Additional:

Picture references: All pictures E. Naus

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

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