The Redfin Prochilodus, also known as the Silver Prochilodus, originates in the Amazon basin in South America. This species is bright silver in color with very large eyes. The caudal fin is striped in black and yellow alternating bands, and the pectoral fins are red. These are great fish for an oddball aquarium that will add a variety of color, and will aid in algae control.
The Redfin Prochilodus requires an aquarium of 70 gallons or larger with a sandy bottom and plenty of hiding places provided by driftwood and rocks. They are generally peaceful, but may become territorial. Provide tank mates that are of similar size. Only incorporate plants of the hardy nature, as the Redfin Prochilodus is an herbivore and may eat any of the more delicate species.
The Redfin Prochilodus is a substrate spawner, and little is known about their breeding habits.
The Redfin Prochilodus is herbivorous and requires foods that are rich in vegetable matter. Feed freeze-dried algae, lettuce and herbivorous flake and pellet foods.
Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 2″ to 3″; Medium: 3″ to 4″