Golden Beckfords Pencilfish

Live FishSKU: GP322

Sale price£3.50


Golden Beckford's Pencilfish

The Beckford's Pencilfish originated in shallow creeks of the Amazon basin and is a good choice for a community tank. It is also known as the Golden Pencilfish. The Golden Pencilfish is a very bright and vibrant little fish that will really brighten up a planted freshwater tank. Having a good few plants and hiding places and keeping them in groups is recommended as they can become skittish.

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Approx. size: 2-3cm
Maximum size: 6cm
Origin: South America
Ideal number kept together: 6-10+

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Water conditions
pH: 4.0–7.0
Hardness: 18–90 ppm
Temperature: 24–28 °C

Ease of Care

Easy. No special treatment needed, they are rather hardy fish so good for beginners.

Mainly flake but can have small live or frozen foods like Artemia.


Community tank with similarly sized tank mates. Suitable tank mates include other small peaceful Amazon species such as cardinals and neon tetras. Exotic plecos, though larger, are also suitable tank mates. Discus are also possible tank mates as well. To view the Compatibility Advisory Chart please select the Additional Tab above.

Breeding/ Sex

Difficult in a home aquarium - blackwater conditions are ideal. Egg layers - parents will often eat their eggs, so segregate in the event. Females are larger and broader than the males. The males also have white tips on their pectoral fins and more pronounced red color on the anal fin and the base of the tail.


They can live up to 5 years in perfect conditions.

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