Nannostomus nitidus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Lebiasinidae
Origin : Brazil
Length : 4,5 cm - 1.8"
Min. length aquarium : 50 cm - 20"
English names : Glittering Pencilfish, Shining Pencilfish
Peaceful, somewhat shy schooling fish that can be kept in a community aquarium together with other peaceful, calm fishes.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space.  A dimmed light by using floating plants and a dark substrate bring out the colours of the fish.

You should give them small live food.  Frozen and dry food are accepted as well.

Breeding is not easy.  Up to 200 eggs are laid and fertilized between floating plants.  After spawning the parents should be removed.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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