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Flagtail Prochidulis

Discussion in 'Oddballs' started by Flagtail, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Flagtail

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    Flagtail Prochidulis -Semaprochilodus Taeniurus
    Species name: Semaprochilodus taeniurus

    Synonym: Semaprochilodus taeniurus

    Common name:
    Silver Flagtail Prochilodus

    Family: Curimatidae

    Order: Characins

    Class: Actinopterygii

    Maximum size: 30 cm / 12 inches

    Environment: Freshwater

    Origin: South America, mostly Amazon River

    Temperament: Territorial but otherwise relatively non aggressive. Will do fine with other larger fish and will live in harmity with small fish as well.

    Company: Semaprochilodus taeniurus (Silver Flagtail Prochilodus) is best kept alone. However, they can live in groups of 4 or more.

    Water parameters: Temperature 24-27˚C / 75-80˚F; pH 5.5 – 7.5

    Aquarium setup: Semaprochilodus taeniurus (Silver Flagtail Prochilodus) requires a relatively large aquarium decorated in such a manner that a number of hiding places are created. This species can’t be kept together with plants since most/all plants will be eaten. They do however prefer to have planted areas present and it is therefore recommendable to use plastic plants to create a couple of planted areas.

    Feeding: Semaprochilodus taeniurus (Silver Flagtail Prochilodus) should be kept on a vegetable diet.
    In my experience, I have had my flagtails eat shrimp, pellets, cichlid sticks, flakes, alage, and more.
    Comments: I have had many flagtails. They are by far the best fish I have ever kept. They will eat alage and keep the tank clean. They will do great by them selves, or like I said need to be kept in a group of 4 or more. They will grow a quick 2-3'' the first few months then will slow down after they hit a good 6-7''. I recommended this to any one looking for a nice peacuful characin that will eat alage.
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