Nannostomus trifasciatus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Lebiasinidae
Origin : Amazon river Brazil
Length : 5,5 cm - 2"
Min.length aquarium : 60 cm - 25"
English names : Three-banded Pencilfish, Three-lined Pencilfish, Threestripe Pencilfish
Peaceful schooling fish for the community aquarium together with calm fishes. The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  During daytime they are a little bit shy and they hide between the plants.  In the evening they search after food in de upper water layers. 

You should give them small live food.  Small dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is not easy.  The aquarium should be large enough and the water should be soft and acid and very clean without nitrate.  30-40 eggs are laid and fertilized in Javamoss.  After spawning the parents should be removed immediately.  After 1-3 days the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with infusoria and later with Artemia-nauplii.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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