Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi, , 19
Origin: Brazil; Mato Grosso, Rio Taquari
Etymology: Named after Herbert Axelrod.
First European import: 1960, from the USA.
Description: See pictures.
Care: Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi is a peaceful community fish, which should be kept in schools, although they also form schools with other fish. They prefer soft slightly acidic water, but can also be kept in harder and neutral water as long as the Hardness is below 15 dGH. A bit of current is appreciated, as well as a dark soil and some floating plants. Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi inhabits the middle and upper regions in an aquarium.
Temperature: 23-27 degrees
Feeding:Omnivorous, Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi likes insects and will also eat newborn livebearers, but accepts flake food and other food as well.
Size: 3.5-4 cm
Breeding: To breed Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi very soft acidic(pH=6, KH below 4)water is required, as well as lots of live foods. If proper conditions are supplied the fish spawn in plant thickets and the eggs will hatch in approximately 36 hours.
Sexual dimorphism: Females have a larger belly.
Picture references:All pictures E. Naus
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