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Guenter Ellenberg

 

All translations into English by Matthias Naumann, Germany and Bill Kohler, Ohio-USA  

Characodon

GÜNTHER, 1866

These Goodeids are quite small, yet stout.  Their head is small and round with large eyes (particularly remarkable with the smaller adult fish). The dorsal and anal fin lie far back on the fish.

The genus Characodon is clearly isolated geographically from the other Goodeids, and consists of three described species and two undescribed species. One species, however, is already extinct.  The four still existing species (audax, lateralis, spec.) are likewise threatened.

These are very attractive fish, whose maintenance is handicapped by the high inter-species aggressiveness.  One should provide hiding-places in the form of dense plants, stones and roots.  Nevertheless Characodon can be called a good fish for the aquarium that also is not too difficult to breed.  The temperature can vary between 22 °C and 24 °C.

All relevant food is accepted without trouble. The Trophotaenia of the embryos have two long rear extensions, but none at the front.

 

505-Characodon 01 Trophotaenien
typical Trophotaenia of Characodon