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Cuvier''s Pike Characin Boulengerella cuvieri

Category: Characins - Aggresive or predatory

Size: 15-16cm

Price: £74.95 each

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Stock: 1 in stock



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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 Neutral
Breeding: TBC
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Size: 15-16cm

Boulengerella cuvieri (Cuvier's Pike Characin)

All Boulengerella are large, pike-like characins with long, pointed jaws filled with sharp teeth. The differences between the species are often subtle, with Boulengerella maculata and Boulengerella lateristriga in particular being easily confused. Unlike the other members of the genus, these two species have their dorsal fins at about the same level along the body as the anal fin; by contrast the dorsal fins on the other members of the genus are much further forward than the anal fin.

Boulengerella cuvieri has a distinctively coloured tail fin with a dark grey to black spanning the base and mid section and orange lobes above and below. It is also substantially larger than the other members of the genus.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Boulengerella are schooling predators that live in rivers, usually close to the surface and often near sources of shade, such as logs and overhanging vegetation. In the aquarium they need a big tank with a good but not turbulent water current and excellent water quality. They are nervous fish, and best kept in groups and away from more aggressive tankmates. Bottom-dwelling species, such as the more gentle loricariids, make the best companions.

Maintenance in the aquarium is tricky. They have a distinct preference for live foods of all types, including insects, river shrimps, earthworms and of course small fish. In the wild, juveniles feed on insect larvae while adults feed primarily on small fish. They can be acclimated to frozen foods after a time.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution South America: widespread, including Rivers Amazon, Orinoco, Tocantins
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 80-100 cm, sometimes larger
Water Parameters Soft, acid water preferred, but adaptable
Water PH 6.0-7.5