• Source: Neale Monks

Xenagoniates bondi(Glass Tetra)

This peculiar little characin strongly resembles an Asian Glass Catfish in shape, but unlike those catfish lacks whiskers has a tiny adipose fin between the dorsal and tail fins. Maximum length is about 6 cm. The Latin name is sometimes misspelled as Xenogoniates bondi.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Xenagoniates bondi is very rarely traded and almost nothing is known about its long-term maintenance in aquaria. It comes from inland and coastal areas and in general appears to be adaptable with regard to water chemistry, and also seems to do well across a broad temperature range from 20-26 degrees C.

On the other hand the species is nippy and while the species is timid when kept alone, individuals are territorial towards one another. Likely the ideal situation would be to keep a group of six or more specimens in a tank with plenty of plants so that the fish could school together if they wanted to, but there would also be a large enough group that any bullying wasn’t so intense that the weakest fish ended up pecked to death. Feeding is unproblematic with flake being taken as well as small live foods such as daphnia.

Family Group: Characins
Distribution South America
Temperature 20-26 C
Size 6 cm
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.0-8.0
Water Chemistry Adaptable
Diet Adaptable
Sociability Aggressive
Care Level Difficult
Schooling Fish No

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