Striped Pike Characin (Boulengerella lateristriga)

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Striped Pike Characin

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Striped Pike Characin

Boulengerella lateristriga

284 Litres (75 US G.)

24-26 cm (9.4-10.2")




5.2 - 6.8

23 -27 °C (73.4-80.6°F)

8-10 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

Striped Pike Characin, Striped Gar

Additional scientific names

Xiphostoma lateristriga, Boulengerella maculatum

Origin[edit | edit source]

Originates from slow moving water with dense vegetation and wood in the Rio Negro and the Rio Urubu in South America.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It is not possible to visually sex these fish.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An active predator so should only be kept with larger and large-bodied fish such as large Catfish and large South American Cichlids.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will generally refuse dead food and pellet/flake food. Feed live foods such as earthworms, bloodworm and feeder fish with caution.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed sparingly once or twice a day while young, can be fed less as it matures.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

The tank should be long, rather than tall, with a secure lid. The water should be well filtered and aerated without too much current. The décor should be made up of bogwood and tall plants with subdued lighting. They are sensitive to water chemistry so should only be introduced into mature tanks with regular tank maintenance.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An elongated predator capable of sudden bursts of speed. Can be shy and skittish in the aquarium.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A striking fish, very elongated with a long slender snout. The body is a deep brown in colour with two bold lateral white bands running from the tip of the snout to the caudal peduncle. The fins are translucent with dark bands.Mature adults can be up to 25.4cm (10") in length.

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