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Practical Fishkeeping (UK) - - Fish In The Shops -

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.

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