PLACE OF ORIGIN : ECUADOR, PERU, COMBIA, GUYANA AND BRAZIL
Flagtails are very good algae eaters so adequate lighting is helpful to promote its growth.Though omnivorous it’s primarily a herbivore. Offer plenty of vegetable matter in the form of blanched spinach, lettuce, cucumber, algae wafers and similar. It will also accept most good quality dried foods and small frozen fare such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, or daphnia.
Difficult to tell the sex, although mature females are said to be rounder-bellied than males.They are known to be egg scatterers, and migrate long distances in the wild to spawn. Due to their large adult size it is unlikely that they will spawn in an aquarium. The fish can reach around 35 cm.
WATER QUALITY REQUIREMENT
Red flagtail is very easy to take care. The range of the best temperature is 23-30 C, while pH can be maintain at pH 5.5 – 7.5.
TANK AND FILTRATION
Small fish 4 inches can be housed in a a 2 or 3 feet tanks but full grown adults will need a larger 5 or 6 feet aquarium. Working as biological filtration this fish can help maintain your tank clean. Lightning can use LED light, in the bright condition the fish will be more active. Flagtails are excellent jumpers, so a tight fitting lid is a must.
It’s aggressive towards its own kind when kept in small numbers, but can be maintained in groups of six or more in larger tanks. Otherwise it’s best kept as a single specimen in a community of medium to large fish. Suitable tankmates include other large characins, Loricariids, Doradids, peaceful cichlids, knifefish, arowana and freshwater stingrays. For some cases, if the fish starving it will attack other fishes and eat their mucus untill it wounded.