Common name: Golden Pencil Tetra or Beckford's Pencilfish.
Species name: Nannostomus beckfordi.
Maximum size: 6 cm.
Origin: South America.
Company: Golden Pencil Tetra are suitable for a community aquarium.
Water parameters: Temperature 22 - 27°C and pH 6.0 - 7.5
Aquarium setup: Golden Pencil Tetra should be kept in densely planted fine-leaf type tanks and have a partial cover of floating plants to diffuse the light. Arrange the tank in dark colors with dark gravel. They prefer clean filtered water with sand substrate and driftwood branches. As with all Tetra, they should always be kept in schools of 10 or more.
Breeding: Golden Pencil Tetra can be bred in captivity, a dimly lit tank with some fine leaved plants on the bottom to catch the eggs will encourage breeding. Feed them small live foods for a few days prior until the female scatters her eggs on plants. Remove the pair once the breeding is concluded as with most tetra, they will eat their own eggs.
Golden Pencil Tetra
Common Name Golden Pencil Tetra Scientific Name Nannostomus beckfordi Origin South America Max Size 6 cm Community Safe Yes pH Range
6.0 - 7.5
Diet Type Omnivore Min Tank Size Small Temperature Range 22 - 27 Care Level Easy