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Six-banded Distichodus Sixbar Distichodus Distichodus sexfasciatus

Category: Characins - Miscellaneous

Size: 6-8cm

Price: £59.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 2 in stock

Water Chemistry: Adaptable

Care Level: Expert only

Schooling Fish: No

Sociability: Peaceful

Diet: Special Needs

Currently scarce.

Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Soft
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 6-8cm

Distichodus sexfasciatus (Six-banded Distichodus, Sixbar Distichodus)

Juveniles look a lot like giant tiger barbs, with very bold greenish-blue vertical stripes on a greenish-gold body and vivid orange fins. As the fish mature the contrast between the stripes and the body colour diminishes and the fins become less brightly coloured. Nonetheless they remain very attractive and impressive fish ideally suited to use in jumbo community tanks.

Contrary to the common name, these fish do not always have just six vertical bands.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Juveniles are peaceful schooling fish, but as they mature they become antagonistic towards one another, at least under aquarium conditions.

Peaceful towards dissimilar fish. A good companion for large cichlids, catfish, pacu, etc.

A voracious plant eater. Will demolish aquarium plants very quickly. Java ferns and Anubias might be ignored, but ideally keep in tanks decorated with plastic plants, rock, wood, etc.

Diet in the wild consists of plant and animal foods. Aquarium specimens should be given plenty of vegetable matter including blanched curly lettuce, sushi nori, tinned peas, and sliced courgette. Supplement this with bloodworms, earthworms, small crustaceans such as krill and daphnia, and a certain amount of prepared foods including algae-based flake food.

No reports of breeding in aquaria.

Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Central Africa: Congo River and Lake Tanganyika
Temperature 22-26 C
Size Up to 76 cm in the wild, though 30-45 cm is typical in aquaria
Water Parameters Adaptable, but avoid extremes
Water PH 6.5-7.5