Nannacara taenia is with a maximum of 5 cm total length one of the smallest cichlids at all. Additionally it is absolutely peaceful and therefore an ideal fish for community aquariums. The species was described in 1911 from aquarium fishes believed to have been exported via Manaus. However, these animals were never found again in the much fished Rio Negro area around Manaus. It was not until 1987 that they were rediscovered in the lower Amazon and subsequently found in several more Amazon tributaries in this region.
Like all Nannacara species the species is an open breeder. It is difficult to distinguish the sexes. It is said that only the females – but this is also due to mood – show vertical stripes from time to time. Unfortunately, N. taenia is so rarely kept that general statements on this subject are difficult to make. Best is to buy a troop of 10-12 animals and just let the pairs find themselves.
At the moment we can offer nice offsprings of this species.
For our customers: the animals have code 684253 on our stocklist. Please note that we only supply wholesale.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer