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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

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.

Have you bred Semaprochilodus taeniurus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Semaprochilodus taeniurus breeding reports








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