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One of the interesting and very fascinating bottom dwelling characins, easily mistaken for an Asian loach. It is an inquisitive fish, and one that often comes to recognize its owner. It swims with fairly jerky motions, almost hopping around the tank, hovering or stopping to rest on its pectoral fins on plant leaves, wood, rock, or the substrate.
There is some variation in patterning, and colouration varies a bit with location, for example taking on a slightly greenish hue in fish from heavily-vegetated waters or a darker shade over a dark substrate. Females are rounder, with a clear dorsal fin, and males have spots around the dorsal. Easy to spawn in soft, acidic water.
Peaceful, can be kept singly but best in a small group; the fish frequently interact if maintained in a spacious well-planted aquarium offering hiding spots. Any non-aggressive fish are suitable tankmates.
Name: Banded Darter Characin
Science Name: characidium cf. fasciatum
Max Size: 2.5-3″
pH: 6.8 – 7.6
Temperature: 66-78F° (18-25°C)
Care Level: Easy
Life Expectancy: 2-3 years
Minimum Tank Size Recommended: 15-20 Gallons
Groups: Recommended in groups 6+ / Thrives in groups 12+
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