05-16-2011, 05:46 PM
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Originally Posted by spike0544
maybe i will remove the serpae for now. I was looking forward to the coral red pencilfish. Any suggestions for the tank minus the serpae?
If you do remove the Serpae, then you have many pencilfish options if that was what you were considering. I have or have had many species of pencilfish, and most have spawned. They ironically make excellent dither fish for dwarf cichlids, as they are out and about but not viewed by the cichlids as a "threat." And given their quiet nature, you can fit more of them in a smaller space than you could with something that likes to swim actively. And they absolutely love heavily-planted tanks with wood.
Nannostomus mortenthaleri, the Coral Red Pencilfish, is a real beauty. I have a group of 8 of these in my 33g, and they frequently spawn. They must have very soft and slightly acidic water, as they are wild caught. They are endemic to the Rio Nanay in Peru, and found no where else (that we know of). Closely related to the Dwarf Pencilfish, Nannostomus marginatus, and for a time after their discovery in 2000 many assumed it was a redder variety of the Dwarf which has a very wide distribution over the Amazon basin and is known to exist in several colour variants, but it gained distinct species status in 2001. All this and more is explained in our profile.
Nannostomus eques would be a nice addition with these too, and provide interest with its oblique swimming posture. Also in our profiles; actually, most of the regularly-seen species are included, all in the Nannostomus genus.