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Poecilocharax weitzmanni
Poecilocharax weitzmani, Gery, 1965



Origin: Sout-America, Amazon river system, Upper Rio Orinoco and upper Rio Negro.

Etymology: Named after Weitzman.

Synonyms: None

First European import: Unknown

Description: See pictures

Care: Poecilocharax weitzmani shoul be kept in a group in a medium sized tank. They require soft acidic water with higher temperatures, pH below 6, Hardness below 5 dGH. Peat filtration in combination with 80% RO water will provide suitable waterconditions for these fish. The tank should be dark, with driftwood, floating plants and some plants that tolerate these conditions like Javafern, Javamoss, Cabomba aquatica.

Temperature: 24-28 °C

Feeding: Best fed with small live food, but flake food is also accepted.

Size: Up to 4 cm.

pH: 6.0-7.0

Breeding: Difficult

Sexual dimorphism: Males more colorful and larger.

Prices: 3-5€

Additional: The fish in the picture shows a shorter dorsal fin than other fish I've seen from pictures. Baensch and Riehl report another poecilocharax species, Poelicocharax bovalli, Eigenmann, 1909. It could be that the fish in the picture are the other species, or a variety of P. weitzmani.

Picture references: All pictures E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1989): Aquarien Atlas III. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.

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