Scientific name: Distichodus affinis (Diss-tick-oh-duss aff-in-iss). Size: To 20cm. Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo. Habitat: Multiple, often in rivers with sandy bases, leaf litter, debris and vegetation. Tank size: Minimum 120 x 30cm footprint. Water requirements: Easy going between acid and alkaline: 6.0 to 8.0ph, hardness 4–20°H. Temperature: 23 to 28°C. Temperament: Pretty aloof, might have a rare nip at a long fin out of curiosity.
Feeding: Omnivore, but get plenty of green in the diet. Cucumber, courgette, flaked pea and spinach periodically will help. Also eats Daphnia, bloodworm and most dried flake and pellet foods. Availability and price: D.affinis are common now, even farmed, but this gold variant will be a rare wild import. Priced at £24.95.