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Arnoldichthys spilopterus (African Red Eyed Characin)
A peaceful, schooling fish well suited to the African-themed community tank along with dwarf cichlids, dwarf Synodontis catfish, Congo tetras, and the smaller climbing perches.
This fish has large, silver scales along the flanks with a shimmering yellow and blue running along the middle. The eye is red.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Males and females are similar, though females are more strongly coloured, particularly on the anal fin. Breeding is not difficult. Pairs scatter eggs among plants. The fry emerge after about a day, and become free swimming within a week. At this point they will accept small live foods and finely ground flake. They grow rapidly.
|Distribution||Nigeria, West Africa|
|Water Parameters||Adaptable, slightly soft to moderately hard being acceptable|
|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.