Golden Pencilfish Care Guide


Golden Pencilfish
(Nannostomus beckfordi)

Common names:
Golden pencilfish, Beckford’s pencilfish,

Size: 6.5cm

pH: 6.0-8.0

Tempº: 24ºC - 27ºC (75 F - 80 F)

Tank region: Middle -Top layer

Origin: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Northern Brazil.

Gender: Males are more colorful, and sport a curved posterior edge on the analfin.

Notes: This small characin is a colorful addition to the community aquarium, and shows of it’s colors best in a slightly acidic planted aquarium. The Golden pencilfish is very peaceful, and fast and nippy species like danios and barbs often outcompete it for food.

These fish are good tank mates for Corydoras, Apistogrammas and other small characins. Some territorial disputes may break out between males, but these rarely, if ever, end in injury to either fish. Golden pencilfish do best in schools of at least 6.
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