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Prionobrama filigera, Cope, 1870

Origin: Southern Brazil and Argentina, Rio Paraguay.

Etymology: unk

Synonyms: Aphyocharax filigerus, Aphyocharax analis, Bleptonema amazoni, Paragoniatus muelleri, Aphyocharax anaialbis, Prionobrama madeirae

First European import: Germany, 1931, by the firm "Aquarium Hamburg".

Description: See picture, similar to Aphyocharax_anisitsi, but lacking the red color in the anal and ventral fins.

Care: Easy, requires a bit larger tank, 80 cm minimum, and should be kept in groups of 6 or more fish. Can be kept in almost any type of water, but does require some floating plants to provide protection from above. Prionobrama filigera is a suitable beginnerfish, peaceful, quiet, not too active, that will inhabit the middle and upper regions of an aquarium.

Temperature: 22-30 degrees.

Feeding: All food is accepted

Size: Up to 6 cm

pH: 6.0-8.0

Breeding: Easy, the temperature should be raised above 26 degrees. In soft water the fish will usually spawn within a day.

Sexual dimorphism: Males develop a black seam behind the white stripe on the anal fin, and have a slightly elongatd dorsal fin.

Prices: Netherlands: 1.5-2€

Additional: Very sitable beginner fish. It can live for 12 years if kept well.

Picture references:Picture 1: E. Naus

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

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