Photo taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans
|Common name:||Pike characin, Slant-nosed gar, Gar characin|
|Scientific name:||Ctenolucius hujeta|
|Synonyms:||Xiphostoma hujeta, Luciocharax insculptus, Hydrocynus hujeta (not valid)|
|Size:||Can attain 28" (70cm), but often much smaller in aquaria.|
|Origin:||Colombia, Panama and Venezuela|
|Tank setup:||Large tank (5ft/150cm plus) with plenty of open swimming space and some planted cover, possibly floating plants to give shade.|
|Compatibility:||Predatory, ok with larger fish.|
|Water chemistry:||Around neutral pH, soft to medium hard water.|
|Feeding:||Carnivorous: meaty foods, worms etc - may prove difficult to wean onto 'dead' meaty foods.|
|Sexing:||Males are generally smaller and slimmer with a larger anal fin, which has a frayed edge -
the females smaller anal fin has a straight edge.|
|Breeding:||Rare 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.|
These fish require very good water quality. They can be nervous, so take care to avoid startling them.