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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.

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

Feed a varied diet Flake food is an excellent nutritionally balanced food for tropical fish, but all species relish a varied diet. Where appropriate, try feeding commercially bought frozen livefoods, very small pieces of shellfish (mussel, prawn etc) or culture your own Daphnia, brine shrimp, or worms. See more about foods and feeding here


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