Rio Santiago Purple Pencilfish (Nannostomus rubrocaudatus)

Imported American Fish

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Fresh in from Peru, where these rare fish were sustainably captured from the Rio Santiago! The Purple Pencilfish (Nannostomus rubrocaudatus) stands out from all other aquarium fish with its elegant, uniquely-shaped body and striking reddish-purple coloration. This South American native brings a touch of natural beauty to freshwater aquariums. With mesmerizing horizontal bands laid atop a shimmering skirt of reddish-burgundy, its understated charm and peaceful demeanor make it a favorite among aquarists seeking a harmonious community tank.

In an aquarium setting, the Purple Pencilfish truly shines when kept in groups. These social creatures thrive in the company of their own kind, exhibiting natural shoaling behavior that enhances their sense of security and well-being. A school of Purple Pencilfish gracefully weaving through the aquatic landscape adds a dynamic element to any tank, creating a sense of movement and vitality.

Creating an environment that mimics their natural habitat is beneficial to the health and happiness of Purple Pencilfish. A densely planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots, such as driftwood, rocks, and thickets of aquatic vegetation, provides them with the security they crave. Additionally, subdued lighting helps to replicate the dimly lit conditions of their native waters, reducing stress and allowing their subtle colors to shine.

Water parameters play a crucial role in the care of Purple Pencilfish. They prefer slightly acidic to neutral water with temperatures ranging from 72°F to 82°F (22°C to 28°C). Maintaining good water quality through regular water changes and filtration is essential to their overall well-being. Furthermore, these fish are sensitive to fluctuations in water parameters, so stability is key to preventing stress-related illnesses. Also of note, these fish do not enjoy high amounts of water current.

Feeding Purple Pencilfish is relatively straightforward, as they are omnivores with a hearty appetite for a variety of foods. They readily accept high-quality flake foods and frozen or live foods such as baby brine shrimp and daphnia. Offering a varied diet ensures that they receive the necessary nutrients to thrive and maintain vibrant colors.

These Purple Pencilfish will be a captivating addition to your freshwater aquarium, bringing a touch of elegance and tranquility to the aquatic landscape. By providing them with a well-planted tank, suitable tankmates, and a balanced diet, aquarists can enjoy the beauty of these graceful fish while fostering a thriving community ecosystem. With proper care and attention to their needs, Purple Pencilfish will reward aquarists with their peaceful presence and enchanting demeanor for years to come. These fish do not ship individually bagged.

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