Lepidarchus adonis

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Alestisae
Origin : Ivory Coast, Ghana, Liberia
Length : 2 cm - 0.8"
Min. length aquarium : 40 cm - 20"
English names : Adonistetra, Adonis characin, Jellybean tetra
Small, peaceful schooling fish that can be kept together with other small fishes in a very small aquarium.  The aquarium should be planted densely. A dimmed light by using floating plants is appreciated.  Because the have very high demands on water conditions (very soft and acid) it is not suitable for beginners.

You should give them small live food such as baby brine shrimp.  Fine crushed dry food is accepted as well.

When you have the right water conditions breeding is relatively easy.  The water should be very soft (<2Gh).  They are not very productive.  20-30 eggs are laid and fertilized between fine leaved plants. After spawning the parents should be removed and the breeding aquarium should be darkened.  After 36 hours the eggs hatch, and after a week the young fishes are swimming free.  You can feed them with very small infusoria.  The aquarium should stay dark except the feeding place.

Photo Credit

Yoritaka Honda

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