Hypessobrycon megalopterus

Explanation of the symbols

Family : Characidae
Origin : Brazil
Length : 4,5 cm - 1,8"
Min.length aquarium : 60 cm - 25"
Peaceful schooling fish that can be kept in a community aquarium together with other small peaceful fishes.  This fish also can be kept as a pair.  The tank should be well-planted on the sides and background and have a dark gravel substrate.  The lighting of the aquarium should be dimmed by a some floating plants to bring out the colours of this fish better.

The fish is omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is difficult.  The water should be acid (Ph 5,5-6) and soft (< 5 Gh).  The light should be dimmed.  The eggs are laid in a spawning mop.  After spawning the parents should be removed.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can give them very fine infusoria and ten days later baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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