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How to look after
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.