Pinktailed Chalceus (Chalceus macrolepidotus)
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6.8 - 7.5
- Pinktailed Chalceus, Pinktail Chalceus, Pink Tail Chalceus, Pink-Tailed Characin
Additional scientific names
- Chalceus ararapeera, Creagrutus pellegrini
- South America: Negro and Orinoco River basins and coastal rivers in Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.
- Very difficult to sex visually.
- A large and predatory fish that should not be kept with smaller fish. Only keep with similar-sized or larger robust fish. This fish should be kept singly or in groups of 8 or more to spread any aggression.
- Will accept most meaty foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as earthworms, shrimp, bloodworm and other meaty treats.
- Feed once or twice a day.
- A laterally long tank is essential with plenty of open swimming space and excellent filtration. A secure lid is a must as this fish is known to jump.
- A large active predatory fish.
- An elongate, laterally compressed fish with large scales. The upper parts have rows of large scales, while the lower parts have much smaller ones. The back is brownish-silver while the flanks are silver with a greenish iridescence. The belly is pinkish-silver. The fins range from yellow to dark red in colour. The upper part of the iris is yellow to orange. There is a dark spot near the gill cover.
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