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Chalceus macrolepidotus(Pink Tail Characin)

A pretty, silvery fish with a pink to red tail when young. Although widely sold and easy to keep, its large adult size and predatory habits make this a fish for the advanced aquarist.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Juveniles are schooling fish while adults tend to be more idependent. Not especially difficult to keep, but since it is predatory and will eat smaller tankmates, not recommended for the community tank. Can be kept with peaceful cichlids, medium sized catfish, etc.

Family Group: Characins
Distribution Guyana
Temperature 23-27C
Size 25 cm
Water Parameters Slightly soft and acidic to neutral
Water PH 6.5 to 7.5

Useful sources of information:

For a well illustrated and detailed reference guide on this and many other fish, consider the Baensch Aquarium Atlases. Volume 1 contains all the common species, and later volumes cover more unusual species. You can buy these books here.


Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish in stock are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

The WaterZoo Peterborough PE1 2PE View shop
Woodford Aquatics London E18 1EJ View shop

Other fish added to TFF recently:

Other fish added to TFF/TF2YD recently can be viewed below.

  Scientific Name Common Name  
Melanotaenia Sp. Komeng River - View fish
Melanotaenia affinis – Dansari River - View fish
Melanotaenia sp. Kaladiri - View fish
Gymnotus stenoleucus - View fish
Trachelyopterus insignis - View fish