Napo tetra - Moenkhausia naponis
Scientific name: Moenkhausia naponis
Common name: Napo tetra
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.4 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 6 - 19°N (107.14 - 339.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 28 °C (75.2 - 82.4°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Top levels
Food and feeding
Napo tetras will accept all foods offered. Use a quality flake or small pellets for the staple diet. They will relish treats twice a week of blood worms, daphnia, brine shrimp or white worms.
South America; Napo tetras are found in the Amazonian waterways.
Females tend to have a fuller body shape than the males.
Condition the males and females in separate tanks for a week before placing the chosen parents into the breeding tank. Add some Java moss so that the eggs will fall into it but keep the water level in the tank down to about 8 inches. Once spawning is complete, remove the parents before they eat the eggs. After 36-48 hours the eggs should hatch and the fry can be fed on Infusoria.
The expected life span for Moenkhausia naponis is 3-5 years
Keep Moenkhausia naponis in small groups of at least 6 members. They prefer soft, acidic water but can tolerate harder parameters. Add plants to the tank and use subdued lighting.
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