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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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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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