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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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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Should I get rid of snails? Snails in the aquarium can be very useful. Many fishkeepers tend to overfeed a little, and this extra food sinks to the bottom and decays, polluting the aquarium water. Snails will happily come and eat up the left overs though - if you have an outbreak of snails you are most likely overfeeding your fish! If you really do want to remove snails, fish like the clown loach, and several puffers will eat them - but do make sure they are compatible with the other fish in your tank


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