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Nannostomus beckfordi
Beckford's pencil fish
Gunther, 1872

Nannostomus beckfordi - Beckford
Sparring males look spectacular
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(Other members of the genus Nannostomus)

ADULT SIZE: 7 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Nannostomus beckfordi small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil, Guyana

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Males are slimmer and more significantly red than females of the species.

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AQUARIUM CARE: A densely planted tank is preferred by this species, replicating the soft water thickets in which they are found in the wild. This is a very active species, and a very attractive one too. Sparring males look spectacular, and will position themselves side by side in a terrific shaking display.

BREEDING: Breeding requires the fish too be well fed - vitamin deficiency can be a problem with this species, so it is advisable to give them an as varied diet as possible. Eggs are attached to plants, and require infusoria as a first food

Have you bred Nannostomus beckfordi? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Nannostomus beckfordi breeding reports








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