Needle Fin Eater (Belonophago tinanti)

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Needle Fin Eater

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Needle Fin Eater

Belonophago tinanti

132 Litres (35 US G.)

10-12 cm (3.9-4.7")




5.8 - 7.0

24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)

10-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-3 years



Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in Stanley Pool (in the Congo basin) and Ubangi River in Africa.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This fish is a predator so is best kept with larger bottom dwelling fish. Smaller fish may be eaten and larger mid-top dwelling fish may be fin-nipped.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most meaty foods such as bloodworm and brine shrimp. May or may not be weaned on to pellets and flake.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

A long tank with ample open swimming space but without very bright lights. The lid should be secure with no holes as this fish may jump.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An agile slender predatory fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

This fish is very elongated and slender with a long pointed beak-like snout. It is yellow in base colour with a thick bold dark grey/black line running from the eye through to the caudal peduncle. The base of the caudal fin is red in colour. The fins are otherwise translucent.

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