Distichodus Tropical Fish Information

Distichodus lusosso / sexfasciatus
Behaviour Unpredictable
Typical size 25cm
Max size 35cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 150cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Sinking pellet and wafer foods, provide plenty of vegetable matter in the diet
pH Range 6-8
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Distichodus (Distichodus lusosso / sexfasciatus)

Distichodus Tropical Fish Learn all about the Distichodus's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Distichodus is the right fish for your aquarium.

This large fish is primarily herbivorous, so it will eat aquarium plants and requires some vegetation in its diet. At up to 35cm, this is a big fish which requires a tank at least 150cm (5 foot) in length. Although herbivorous, small fish may be considered food, so similar sized tankmates are best.

Two species are seen for sale, Distichodus sexfasciatus (Six banded Distichodus) is the larger fish, growing up to 70cm in the wild (but only about 35 in aquaria) and has a shorter snout. The other is Distichodus lusosso (Long-nose Distichodus) and has a longer snout. Both fish are varied in nature and can become troublesome.

Only suitable for very large tanks with large tankmates. Undemanding of water conditions.

Growth of these fish will be stunted in tanks that are too small.

Distichodus Facts

Family Citharinidae | Synonyms Distichodus leptorhynchus, Distichodus sexfasciatus, Distichodus lusosso | Other names Longsnout Distichodus, Sixbar Distichodus | Origin Africa: Congo river basin | Natural Habitat Clear, open water areas with vegetation

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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Distichodus information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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