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Old 10-24-2005, 01:37 AM   #1
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Are Pencilfish peaceful?


Are Pencilfish peaceful? I have Cardinals, Otos and Dwarf Loaches for tankmates.
Please forgive me if this question's been already asked a million times.
Thank you.
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Very simply put.....YES!

They are peaceful, interesting little fish!

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Althought the young ones might have pencil fights while they're still in school.
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Althought the young ones might have pencil fights while they're still in school.
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Old 10-25-2005, 07:31 PM   #5
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I have Three Striped Pencilfish (Nannostomus trifasciatus) and they do squabble amongst themselves but not with other fish. I don't think they could even hurt one of their own kind if they wanted to.
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Old 10-27-2005, 05:13 AM   #6
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I've got six nannostomus eques (aka tubemouth pencilfish), and they are completely peaceful. They hang in the water at the surface most of the time, doing their best imitation of sticks. You'll read occasional stories of beckfordi pencilfish going rogue and terrorizing other fish, but those seem to be very much the exception. If you can find (and afford) Espei pencilfish, well, that would be cool. Their stripes are vertical, so they look like they've been grilled. My eques only look grilled at night.
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Espeis are one of my favorites! They spend most of their time hovering near the surface. It's funny to see them spend so much energy, all their little fins moving frantically, just to stay in one place. They're like little hummingbirds!

I've also kept beckfordi, trifasciatus, and mortenthaleri (coral reds). The coral reds are the most assertive. They're in all levels of the tank, and the males are constantly displaying and sometimes sparring with each other. My green neons do occasionally get a nipped fin or two. Nothing serious, and I'd still consider them peaceful.

I love them all --they're the best little fish!

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Old 10-27-2005, 05:20 PM   #8
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Sorry to sabotage this thread, but are pencilfish in general good for nano tanks? Say a 12 gallon perhaps?
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My bad for digging up an old thread, but has anyone here who has kept Nannostomus espei know if they are jumpers?

I'm planning on keeping 7 in a 10 gallon tank. There'll be lots of room in the upper levels since I don't let my plants grow that high.
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