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Semaprochilodus taeniurus
Silver prochilodus
(Valenciennes, 1821)

Semaprochilodus taeniurus - Silver prochilodus - This characin is probably too large for most home aquaria
This characin is probably too large for most home aquaria
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(Other members of the genus Semaprochilodus)

ADULT SIZE: 25 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately soft and acidic

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Semaprochilodus taeniurus a predominantly vegetarian diet

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Brazil

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AQUARIUM CARE: This large Amazonian characin is a keen plant eater, and so any tank set-up should bear this in mind. A tank with hiding places is preferable, so some plastic plants may be required. A good diet includes plant matter and algae - in the wild stomachs are often full of mud. This is an important food fish for Amazon-dwellers. Probably better to leave such species to larger public aquaria.

BREEDING: Unknown in captivity. In their Amazonian home, they migrate from the tributaries to spawn in the Amazon itself, usually in shallower areas.

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What fish are good community fish? There is no absolute answer to this, but in general a community tank should contain only species that will tolerate each others behaviour, are approximately the same size, eat the same foods, and accept the same water conditions. Hardy tank bred fish that have adapted somewhat to local water conditions, and have no special dietary requirements usually make good candidates


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