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Slant-nosed Gar

Picture of Pike characin / slant nosed gar Picture of Pike characin / slant nosed gar
Common namePike characin, Slant-nosed gar, Gar characin
Scientific nameCtenolucius hujeta
SynonymsXiphostoma hujeta, Luciocharax insculptus, Hydrocynus hujeta (not valid)
SizeCan attain 28" (70cm), but often much smaller in aquaria.
OriginColombia, Panama and Venezuela
Tank setupLarge tank (5ft/150cm plus) with plenty of open swimming space and some planted cover, possibly floating plants to give shade.
CompatibilityPredatory, ok with larger fish.
Temperature22-25oC (72-77oF)
Water chemistryAround neutral pH, soft to medium hard water.
FeedingCarnivorous: meaty foods, worms etc - may prove difficult to wean onto 'dead' meaty foods.
SexingMales are generally smaller and slimmer with a larger anal fin, which has a frayed edge - the females smaller anal fin has a straight edge.
BreedingRare in aquaria. A temperature of around 27oC (80oF) and two males per female is recommended. A large number of eggs are laid which hatch in about a day.
Comments These fish require very good water quality. They can be nervous, so take care to avoid startling them.


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