Red Beckford Tetra (Nannostomus Beckfordi)
Native Location: Peru
Size: 3.5cm (1.5 inches)
Temperature Range: 22 – 26℃ (72 – 78℉)
Preferred pH Range: 5.0 – 8.0
Minimum Aquarium Size: 22 L (5 gallons)
Potential Tankmates: Dwarf Cichlids, Rasboras
Care Level: Intermediate
Red Beckford’s are a peaceful community fish but can be sensitive and are best for intermediate aquarium hobbyists.
A diet of small-grained pellet and flake foods are ideal for Red Beckford’s small-mouthed nature. They will also enjoy a range of live foods, like bloodworms and brine shrimp. Red Beckfords’ will thrive best in shoals where they can look after each other and their territory, they are peaceful and calm. But, because of their size they will become the target of larger fish as an afternoon meal, so don’t keep them with aggressive and predator fish. Red Beckfords’ don’t often venture into the upper levels of the tank so try tankmates who will enjoy these levels.
Caring for Red Beckfords can be tricky to keep in your tank, as they can be prone to infections and diseases, like protozoa, skin flukes, worms and bacterial infections. Environmental factors like temperature and water conditions not kept consistently will have Red Beckfords prone to irritation. A way to introduce them into a new aquarium is to set up a quarantine tank and acclimatize them before moving them into their new home, then maintain a regular cleaning schedule. Red Beckfords will enjoy heavily planted tanks, acidic and softer waters. Use a dark substrate and add floating plants to reduce light. They will also love resting on some driftwood.
Males are paler than the females, with a white blotch on the bottom of their dorsal fin, but will get a lot brighter when they procreate. Aquarists have success with breeding Red Beckfords, and that comes from having good water conditions. Males can be aggressive and territorial while breeding, so in a separate tank, spawn them in pairs. Have plenty of live vegetation like Java Moss and spawning mops for a place to lay the eggs. Red Beckfords and not known to eat their young.