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Distichodus sexfasciatus
Clown tetra
Boulenger, 1897

(Other members of the genus Distichodus)




FOOD: Feed Distichodus sexfasciatus a predominantly vegetarian diet

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Angola, Congo (DRC), Lake Tanganyika

AQUARIUM CARE: This African characin is too big for most home aquariums, although juvenilles are sometimes available. It is partially vegetarian, and should be offered green matter, but also enjots worms, live and dried food. It has a fairly wide distribution in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but also occurs in Lake Tanganyika


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Distichodus sexfasciatus
Clown tetra

Distichodus sexfasciatus
Clown tetra
breeding notes


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1 breeder has filled in a breeding report, a summary of which is shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

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Would Distichodus sexfasciatus be a good addition to a community tank?
  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Distichodus sexfasciatus?
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

In general, how difficult is Distichodus sexfasciatus to keep and breed?
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Distichodus sexfasciatus?
  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful

Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?: Never
Spawning Method: Breeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty: Very difficult
Sucess: Very unsucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 8th August 2010Breeding date: 2010
Breeder: Location:

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