Above: In the picture a young premium quality Striped Pike Characin is swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: These are very interesting fish that are predators.
Origin: This Pike's ancestors lived in South America in Rio Negro basin in Venezuela, Columbia, and Brazil.
The Rio Negro has black water, which actually is black and has a very low pH and very low hardness. Now these Pikes live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums this Pike can grow to be about 10" to 12" long.
Behaviors: This Pike is an aggresive predator that will eat fish that fit into its mouth except very spiny fish.
This fish is also a very skilled jumper so its aquarium must be tightly covered.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Pictus Catfish, a Plecostomus, and fish that are too big to be eaten by this Pike.
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Temperature: this Pike lives best from about 75 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: This fish is a predator so it will usually need to eat live fish.
Sometimes it will eat dead fish or even bits of fish or Premium Fish Food Pellets.
Smaller sized pellets when they're small, and larger sized pellets when they've grown bigger, is the ideal food for these fish.
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Water Conditions: This fish needs water with a pH from about 4 to 7 and very little hardness.
So this is Fish that should be kept in water that is mostly RO-water.
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Aquarium Size: This Pike, will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water, but of course bigger is better.
Decor: Pikes 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, and this fish does better in an aquarium with live plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for at least two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of a minimal set up for this fish.
Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
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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: This Pike can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they may live for many years.
Gender: Females become plumper, as they mature and fill with eggs.
Breeding: We have not heard of any reports of this fish being bred.
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Popularity: This is a rare fish and not too popular in the aquarium hobby.
Names: In the Boulengerella genus, may be Boulengerella lateristriga.
Variations: We do not know of any variations at this time.
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