Needlefish (Xenentodon cancila)

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Needlefish

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Needlefish

Xenentodon cancila

284 Litres (75 US G.)

35.1-39.9cm (13.8-15.7 ")

sg

1 - 1.015

pH

7.0 - 7.5

22 -28 °C (71.6-82.4°F)

15-20 °d

1:1 M:F

Carnivore
Live Foods
Other (See article)

3-5 years

Family

Belonidae



Additional names

Needlefish, Long-Nose Gar, Freshwater Garfish, Needle-Nose Gar

Additional scientific names

Esox cancila, Belone graii, Esox indica, Esox hindostanicus, Belone cancila, Xenenthodon cancila


Origin

Asia: Sri Lanka and India eastward to the Mekong.

Sexing

It is possible, though highly unlikely and rare, to breed and raise Needle Nose Gars in captivity. Visually sexing these fish, however, is difficult.

Tank compatibility

A semi-aggressive hunter, must only be kept with other semi-aggressive fish, peaceful, or aggressive of similar size, preferably larger, but peaceful and robust, bottom dwellers only.

Diet

Prefers live food, fish or crustaceans. Can be a fussy eater, and can bite hands that are feeding it!

Feeding regime

Once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Needs a spacious, long tank with minimal décor, so as not to injure itself if frightened. Needs a secure, heavy, tight fitting lid as this fish can jump.

Behaviour

It is an aggressive fish with sharp teeth. It will bite the hand that feeds it, and it will hurt! This fish can turn with great speed and is known for leaping from the water.

Identification

It has a very elongated, slender, silvery body with a dark edged silver band running horizontally down its side. It has a very slender, long mouth lined with razor-sharp teeth.

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