Striped Pike Characin (Boulengerella lateristriga)


A unique predatory characin found throughout the Rio Negro and Orinoco, the Striped Pike Characin or Striped “Gar” is commonly found in small groups at the surface of shallow water in the wild, where they hunt for shoals of smaller fish and insects. In the aquarium, they can be skittish fish, especially at first, and will do best with some cover in the form of floating plants or driftwood close to the surface. They are best kept in groups of 3 or more, and will school with other larger characins. Primarily a live fish eater, they will usually require live food at first but can be weaned onto frozen or prepared diets over time.



Striped Pike Characin (Boulengerella lateristriga)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
Diet: Predator and fish eater. Can be weaned onto frozen and prepared foods over time.
Adult Size: 12″
Recommended Tank Size: 75 gallons
Compatibility: Generally peaceful, but will eat smaller fish

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.2
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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