Scientific name: Entomocorus benjamini (Enn-tom-oh-core-uss ben-jah-min-eye). Size: Max 7cm, which it usually reaches. Origin: Upper Madeira River Basin, Bolivia. Habitat: Congregates around fallen wood in sandy rivers of mixed flow rates. Tank size: Minimum 60 x 30cm for a small shoa. Water requirements: Slightly soft and acidic to slightly base, clearwater preferred: 6.0 to 7.5ph, hardness 3-12°H.
Temperature: Found at ranges between 22 and 28°C, but aim to keep between 24 and 27°C.
Temperament: Peaceful, but benefits from the presence of a small shoal.
Feeding: Crustaceans and insects Daphnia,
Cyclops, baby brine shrimp, fruit flies.
Availability and cost: Quite rare. Therse fish were in quarantine when we visited, and still awaiting a price.