video shows a Distichodus sexfasciatus
that's about 15" long. Something was
bothering this fish. Maybe it had an
itchy spot on its back, and a small
Kribensis began nibbling on its back.
is a close up view of the face of
a Distichodus sexfasciatus.
Click on the images above.
Name: Distichodus sexfasciatus
The word Distichodus is the name of a genus
of fish that includes several interesting species.
as we know, Distichodus species have never been
spawned in aquariums. All the Distichodus we have
ever kept in our facilities have been imported from
the wild in Africa. If you want to buy a Distichodus
from us, go to the bottom of any page in this web
site, click on our email address, and send us an
email inquiring about the availability of Distichodus.
Customer Service will reply to you with the current
availability and a guess-timate of the price. Distichodus
is often misspelled Distochodus and sometimes Distachodus.
is the same Distichodus shown in
the videos near the top of this page.
But the color is much different, and
this difference in the color is probably
due to the lighting. This is a remarkable
fish to watch.
An aquarium with at least 50 gallons of
exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, and
a maximum of 1/4 inch of
gravel. The water temperature should be between
75 and 80 degrees F. Eventually
a D. sexfasciatus will need a much bigger aquarium.
to read more about what that means. Click
here for more information about warm water aquariums.
Distichodus will eat live Ghost
Shrimp and larger shrimp sold in supermarkets for
human consumption. Distichodus
also eat worms such as angle worms available as
fishing bait. Distichodus also eat plants and you
should regularly feed them lettuce. It would be
very good, if you could get a large Distichodus
to eat a pellet food that is rich in plant matter.
here for general information about feeding fish.
We have kept very few Distichodus in our aquariums,
and we have kept those Distichodus for only a few
weeks, until they were acclimated and ready to be
shipped to the customers, who ordered them. So we
can't give first hand information about other compatible
Distichodus shown in the video at the top of this
page, lives in a very large aquarium with Congo
Tetras, several African Black Knifefish, Kribensis
Cichlids, and several species of Synodontis Catfish.
here to read more about several other groups
of compatible fish.
The various species of Distichodus
can grow to be be very large. The maximum known
sizes are given in the table above. Their lifespans
are unknown to us, but all Distichodus species probably
live for many years.
here to read some Customer Comments and our
Replies about the fish discussed on this page.
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