Above: The picture above shows a young Beckford's Pencilfish, swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us took this picture. This is a very hardy fish.
Comments: This is a Premium Pet Fish, and we never see Premium Pencilfish like these in any of the live fish stores that we visit.
Premium Pet Fish are more energetic, hardier, and have brighter colors with a beautiful metallic sheen.
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Origin: Their ancestors originally lived in Brazil, but they are now found living in aquariums throughout most of the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums Beckford's Pencilfish can grow to be about 2" long.
Behaviors: Most Pencilfish are active swimmers and are rarely aggressive.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include, community fish, Rainbowfish, Danios, small Gouramis, and many other small to medium size aquarium fish.
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Temperature: Beckford's Pencilfish can live pretty well from about 70 to 80 degrees F., but they're probably most comfortable at about 74 degrees F.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes when small and small Premium Pellet Food when larger.
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Water Conditions: Pencilfish seem to be tolerant of a wide range of water conditions.
Probably a pH of about 7 with moderate hardness is best. Most water in the US seems to be OK, so it's probably best NOT to adjust the pH or the hardness of the water.
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
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Aquarium Size: It is probably best to house these fish in at least a 30-gallon tank, but more is better.
Decor: Pencilfish do not need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live Plants are beautiful and improve the water quality.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. A Penguin 200 in an aquarium with 20 to 30-gallons of water is OK.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Pencilfish can live for several years with good water and good food.
Gender: The male is usually larger and more colorful.
Breeding: Pencilfish are egg-scattering spawners, spreading their eggs out allowing them to hatch within the tank.
Popularity: Pencilfish are very popular fish.
Names: The scientific name of Pencilfish is Nannostomus beckfordi.
Variations: We do not know of any variations of this species, but there are a several different species of Pencilfish.
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
Catherine & DrTom 12/07/2018
We have 380-aquariums with lots-and-lots of popular aquarium fish plus lots-and-lots of rare fish!
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All of our fish are Premium Quality Fish from the best suppliers in the world. Our fish have better health, more energy and brighter colors, as you can see in our pictures on this website.
We also offer lots and lots of information about keeping pet fish, all from the knowledge of the Bailey Brothers, who have a combined total of 100+ years of experience as breeders, wholesalers, and retailers of pet fish!
Our fish and our customers are treated with the best of care, and we work energetically everyday to make sure every customer enjoys their new fishy friends.
When you purchase pet fish from us, you know you're receiving premium quality fish and premium quality service.
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"Once in the tank, they became very active and are now thriving in their new home.
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The Product Manager has been with the company for more than 35-years.
So we feel very confident that this is the fishiest crew anywhere.