Glittering Pencilfish (Nannostomus nitidus)

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Glittering Pencilfish

Glittering Pencilfish

Nannostomus nitidus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

3-4 cm (1.2-1.6")




5.5 - 7.0

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

8-18 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

4-8 years



Additional names

Shining Pencilfish, Glittering Pencilfish

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to sex, mature females may appear more plump.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A small peaceful shoaling fish that should be kept in shoals of 6 or more. Do not keep with aggressive, predatory or long-finned fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most meaty foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food like brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide a densely planted tank with some open swimming space. This fish does not like very bright light.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful, but shy, shoaling fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This little Pencilfish is elongated with a bold black lateral line from the nose to the caudal peduncle, above this is an iridescent pale yellow band, the top and belly of this fish is olive green/grey. Fins are translucent.

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