Species Spotlight - Copella Callolepis
- 20-28 Degrees Celsius
- 4.0 - 7.0 pH levels
- 19 - 140 ppm
In the aquarium
An aquarium with a minimum surface area of 60cm x 30cm is ideal. Depth is not so I'm portant as they remain in the top of the water column usually. They would compliment some small cichlids such as Apistogramma.
To see these fish at their best, I recommend using tannings via leaf litter and alder cones. They offer both a food source for fry and health benefits in general.
Boys & Girls
Both the male and females don't grow past 4cm. Males will have the more vibrant colour, especially while they are trying to gain female attention. Females will have a rounder fuller body, especially while gravid.
Although these fish are peaceful, they are not suited to the basic community tank and will do best in an Amazon theme/biotope setup, preferably dark water too. I am about to attempt my first dark water tank and I can see me picking up a few for myself.
Currently these are available in Riverside Aquaria in Livingston at £2.99 each or 5 for £14.00
for more info contact Jacki Learmonth
Bye for now