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Nannostomus marginatus
Dwarf pencil fish
Eigenmann, 1909

Nannostomus marginatus - Dwarf pencil fish - The Dwarf pencil fish
The Dwarf pencil fish
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(Other members of the genus Nannostomus)

ADULT SIZE: 4 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately soft and acidic

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

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

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Guyana

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AQUARIUM CARE: A readily availiable community fish that does well in planted tanks. This species fits nicely into a Amazon biotope aquarium alongside tetras such as the neon or cardinal, and larger fish such as the discus or angel fish

BREEDING: This is a typical egg scatterer and as such is best spawned over marbles to avoid predation. In a well planted and understocked aquarium young may also survive. The fry are small and need infusoria as a first food.

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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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