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African Pike Characin Hepsetus odoe
Category: Characins - Aggresive or predatory
Price: £39.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 2 in stock
Water Chemistry: Adaptable
Care Level: Difficult
Schooling Fish: No
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.8 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Hepsetus odoe (African Pike Characin)
A fairly big predatory characin with a pike-like shape. The head is large and slightly upturned; the jaws are robust and filled with sharp teeth. Green or brown in colour with a metallic sheen. There are attractive black flecks on the unpaired fins, and the adipose fin is almost completely black.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Not easy to keep, this species travels poorly. Easily damaged by clumsy handling, and once fungus or finrot set in, recovery is far from certain. This species requires clean, well-filtered water with ample water changes and lots of oxygen. A notorious biter: take care when your hands are in the aquarium!
A carnivore, with a preference for live foods when first imported. River shrimps and earthworms are recommended. Once settled in, it can be trained to take frozen foods, particularly lancefish and whitebait, without much fuss.
Wild fish live in groups, but this species is unreliable when kept thus in home aquaria. The bigger specimens often pick on the smaller ones, eventually killing them.
On the other hand, this species is quite a good community fish when housed with fish of similar size that are non-territorial and non-aggressive. Tinfoil barbs, plecs, thorny catfish etc. would all make good companions.
Skittish and liable to jump or damage itself; take care to avoid startling this fish.
Not bred in captivity, but said to be a bubble-nest builder, the male guarding the eggs until they hatch.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||Africa: Central and West Africa|
|Size||Up to 70 cm in the wild, 30-40 cm in aquaria|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, but avoid extremes|