Golden Pencilfish
Behaviour Peaceful, timid
Typical size 4cm
Max size 6cm
Tank Area All
Min Tank Size 60cm
Min Number 4
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Flake, small frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Golden Pencilfish Nannostomus beckfordi
  • Golden Pencilfish Nannostomus beckfordi - thumbnail
  • Golden Pencilfish Nannostomus beckfordi - thumbnail
  • Golden Pencilfish Nannostomus beckfordi - thumbnail

Golden Pencilfish

Nannostomus beckfordi

The Golden Pencilfish is one of the most adaptable of the pencilfish family and unlike other pencilfish which may require soft acidic water, the Golden Pencilfish can be kept in hard water. Water quality should still be of top quality and because the fish are timid, they should not be mixed with boisterous fish. Provide plenty of hiding places amongst plants and keep in groups.

Family Lebiasinidae | Synonyms Nannostomus anomalus, N. aripangensis, N. simplex, N. beckfordi surinami | Other names Beckford's pencilfish | Origin South America, Guyana, central Amazon | Breeding Egg scatterer/depositer. Parents will abandon and eat the eggs | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Slow moving streams, swamps and small rivers | Sexing Male has a slender body with white tips on the fins

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