Dwarf Pencilfish (Nannostomus marginatus)

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Dwarf Pencilfish

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Dwarf Pencilfish

Nannostomus marginatus

57 Litres (15 US G.)

3.2-4.4cm (1.25-1.75 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.8 - 7.5

24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)

10-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

1-5 years

Family

Lebiasinidae



Additional names

Dwarf Pencilfish

Additional scientific names

Nannostomus marginatus picturatus


Origin

Sexing

Adult males are slimmer and may show more red in their fins than the females. These fish are difficult to breed in captivity.

Tank compatibility

Would do well in a pygmy community tank, but do not keep with fish that could swallow this little fish! Would do well with small Tetras, Rasboras and dwarf Corydoras. Not strictly a shoaling fish, but keep in groups of 3-4 or more.

Diet

Omnivores, will take most small foods including crushed flakes or pellets, and small live foods such as daphnia and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Prefers a well planted mature tank with good filtration, but not a strong current. They do not appreciate very bright lighting so floating plants are desirable.

Behaviour

Doesn't need to be shoals, but prefers company of 3 or more. A peaceful mid-swimming fish.

Identification

This fish has two bold horizontal black lines with two white lines accompanying. Red and some yellow on the fins with hints through the body.

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