Threestripe pencilfish - Nannostomus trifasciatus
Scientific name: Nannostomus trifasciatus
Common name: Threestripe pencilfish
Usual size in fish tanks: 4 - 5 cm (1.57 - 1.97 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.9 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 7°N (0 - 125ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 29 °C (73.4 - 84.2°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: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Threestripe pencilfish only have small mouths and are surface feeders so use a quality flake that is slightly crushed for the staple diet. They should also be given treats of daphnia and newly hatched brine shrimp.
South America; Threestripe pencilfish are to be found in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Guyana.
Males display a brighter colouration and are slimmer than the females.
Use subdued lighting, with java moss or spawning mops for the fish to use as spawning sites. The fish are group spawners so add a few of each sex and once spawning is complete, remove the parents to prevent them from eating the eggs. 24-36 hours later the eggs should hatch and a few days after this the fry should be free swimming. Feed them on Infusoria until they are large enough to accept newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Nannostomus trifasciatus is 5 years.
Nannostomus trifasciatus are a peaceful species that should only be housed with other peaceful species. It is best kept in groups of at least 6 specimens and makes a great addition to a community tank.
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