Nannostomus Beckfordi Golden Pencil Fish
Native Location: Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana and Orinoco River in Venezuela
Maximum Size: 35mm
Temperature Range: 21-27℃ (69.8-80.6℉)
Preferred pH Range: 5.0-8.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 45cm x 30cm but for multiple males, larger aquarium is advised.
Potential Apistogramma and other peaceful Dwarf Cichlids, Rasbora or peaceful barbs.
Care Level: Easy
If you are looking for an alternative to the normal Tetra species, the Golden Pencil fish are a solid choice. Compatible in loose shoals and generally remaining in the upper area of the aquarium, they also do very well in a dwarf Cichlid aquarium. The perfect aquarium for these little fish would be a heavily planted system with the addition of floating plants for extra cover.
In their natural habitat, the Golden Pencilfish will hunt for tiny crustaceans, inverts and zooplankton amongst the aquatic vegetation. A diet easily supported in the home aquarium by offering small amounts of Artemia, grindal worms alongside a high protein based crushed flake food or micro pellets.
Although commonly used as a dither fish in Dwarf Cichlid breeding setups, they are fairly easy to breed on their own. Being a natural egg scatterer, the fertilised eggs will fall down and land among any plants or substrate on the bottom. It is even possible to begin to see some small fry appear over time in a mature aquarium with lots of micro organisms available for fry to eat. To increase the survival rate, a breeding aquarium can be set up using mesh or a larger gravel on the base to allow eggs to fall between and remain safe until large enough fry can emerge.
The Golden Pencilfish are small but have a lot to offer. If you are considering adding them to your aquarium, add as many as possible. When kept in larger numbers, confidence will grow and you will experience a far more naturally happy fish.
All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and insure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.