Needle Fin Eater (Belonophago tinanti)

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Needle Fin Eater

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Needle Fin Eater

Belonophago tinanti

132 Litres (35 US G.)

10-12 cm (3.9-4.7")

sg

Freshwater

pH

5.8 - 7.0

24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)

10-15 °d

1:2 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-3 years

Family

Distichodontidae




Origin

Found in Stanley Pool (in the Congo basin) and Ubangi River in Africa.

Sexing

Difficult to visually sex.

Tank compatibility

This fish is a predator so is best kept with larger bottom dwelling fish. Smaller fish may be eaten and larger mid-top dwelling fish may be fin-nipped.

Diet

Will accept most meaty foods such as bloodworm and brine shrimp. May or may not be weaned on to pellets and flake.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

A long tank with ample open swimming space but without very bright lights. The lid should be secure with no holes as this fish may jump.

Behaviour

An agile slender predatory fish.

Identification

This fish is very elongated and slender with a long pointed beak-like snout. It is yellow in base colour with a thick bold dark grey/black line running from the eye through to the caudal peduncle. The base of the caudal fin is red in colour. The fins are otherwise translucent.

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