The tetras of the genus Curimatopsis are widely distributed in South America. The prettiest species is C. evelynae. Nevertheless, this attractive fish has hardly found its way into aquariums so far.
C. evelynae grows to a maximum length of 4 cm. The males can be recognized by their clearly higher caudal peduncle, furthermore the females always have a strong black caudal spot, which is usually superimposed by the red coloration in the male. This means any animal with a red tail root patch is a male, but not every individual without this patch is a female. Socially weak males show the red coloration likewise not or only indistinctly!
C. evelynae is a very peaceful fish, ideal for a community aquarium. It is most beautiful in water slightly colored yellow by peat or foliage, then a neon green stripe shines along the body flank, during courtship this green stripe turns into red in the male.
We were able to import Curimatopsis evelynae, which occurs in the Amazon and the Orinoco, currently from Venezuela.
For our customers: the fish have code 251314 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer