Procatopus nototaenia

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Poeciliidae
Origin : Cameroon, Nigeria
Length : 5 cm - 2"
Min. length aquarium : 50 cm - 20"
English names : Large finned Lampeye, Red-finned Lampeye
Peaceful. lively schooling fish that is suited for a small community aquarium.  You should not keep them together with aggressive species.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background with fine leaved plants. In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space.  Some floating plants and a dark substrate bring out the colours of the fish.  A strong streaming of the water is appreciated.  You should cover the aquarium very well because they are good jumpers.

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

Breeding is not easy.  The water should be very soft and acid.  The eggs are laid and fertilized between the roots of the plants.  They are very sensitive for fungus.  After 3 weeks the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with very fine infusoria such as paramecia and rotifers.

Photo Credit

Johnny Jensen

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