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Origin: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana
Females have a fuller belly and are stockier.
800 L / 176 imp gal / 211 US gal
T°: 22 to 27°C or 72 to 81°F
pH: 5 to 7
Hardness: 3 to 6°dGH
How to feed the Redhook myleus?
Omnivorous: all forms of food are accepted with a very high proportion of vegetable (green vegetables, avocado, banana, apple, pear, pineapple, salad, cucumber, zucchini, spinach, peas). Spirulina will also be very appreciated as well as vase worms.
What kind of behavior does the Redhook myleus have?
Behavior: Peaceful and calm, they move in shoals. They are very gregarious and must be kept in groups.
Who can live with the Redhook myleus?
You can associate it with larger species as smaller fish may be eaten. Its roommates will also be peaceful. The Plecos, which live at the bottom of the tank, will also make good companions.
How to breed the Redhook myleus?
Its reproduction is very difficult and rarely done. Place one female in a laying trough (300 L long enough) equipped with a protective grid. Introduce the male 24 hours later. Spawning takes place in a fortnight at the most. Temperature 25/27°C (77/81°F) and pH at 6.5/7. Filtration on peat and good oxygenation. Incubation lasts 50/60h.
Fry feeding: artemia nauplia.
Which aquarium for the Redhook myleus?
Specific aquarium preferable . In a community tank, plan a 1000 L tank (220 Imp Gal / 264 US Gal). Just like the Silver Dollar, the Redhook myleus is an avid plant eater. Therefore, avoid plants that are too thin that your fish would eat on the spot. Instead, prefer very robust plants with large leaves and large dimensions such as Echinoderms. However, even these hardy plants will need to be replaced regularly. A final alternative to this problem is artificial plants.
Peat filtration is recommended as well as a high flow rate to ensure good oxygenation.
Finally, install hiding places and floating plants that will shade areas of the aquarium and reassure the Redhook myleus.
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Redhook myleus is quite fragile overall and is known to be difficult to maintain. It attacks plants by nibbling, uprooting or destroying them, causing serious damage to the scenery. Its flat, molariform teeth are very well adapted to chewing and chopping plants and they grow continuously.
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