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Chalceus macrolepidotus


Chalceus macrolepidotus
Pink Tail Chalceus
红尾大鳞脂鲤
Pink Tailed Chalceus, or Chalceus Macrolepidotus, are a species of Characin that hail from South America. Specifically, they can be found in the Amazon, the Guianas, the Rio Negro and Orinoco River basins, and coastal rivers in the northern regions of South America.

In the wild, Chalceus are a schooling fish. Very few aquarists can keep these fish in a school however, as a reasonably sized school would require a very large aquarium. If they are to be kept in a group, they should number six or more. Smaller groups may become aggressive with one another. A large tank is the most important requirement of the Pink tailed, a standard 55 gallon will suffice for a fish up to about six inches in length. A skittish fish that frightens easily the tank must be tightly covered to prevent jumping. Plant the tank along the sides and back but allow plenty of space for swimming. Water parameters are not overly critical as they can live in a wide range of conditions but good filtration and slight water movement are essential . Tankmates should include other large species that will not be hunted. Although in nature a schooling fish, in the home aquarium it should be kept singly, there is just not enough room for a school of six or more and a lower number will cause aggression among themselves. Feeding is not difficult as they will take all types of live food as well as frozen flakes and pellets. Not the perfect community fish the Pink tailed is a fine addition to a species or aggressive tank set up.

习性:具有地域观念,所以只适合和比它大的鱼只混养在一起,不过基本上它并不太适宜在水族箱内饲养。
食性:肉食性,是具有领域观念的杂食者,喜欢吃鱼、鱼肉及肉类,小鱼会接受薄片饲料,也可适应锭状饲料的喂饲。
注意事项:曾存活了19年(这是在西德慕尼黑的海勒伯恩动物园所获得的资料),在南美洲,它被认为是食用鱼
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