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How to look after
Beckford's pencil fish
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
SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Males are slimmer and more significantly red than females of the species.
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