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L011 Squaliforma cf. emarginata
by Doodles 08-15-09

Name: Squaliforma cf. emarginata

Common Names: L011, L108, L116, L131, Red Fin Thresher Pleco, Thresher Pleco


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Appearance: A silvery background with random dark spots with an overall red or orange sheen to this fish that gives it its common name. When viewed from above this fish has a slender and rather thin body with a fairly narrow head, also a slightly compressed look when viewed from the side Can be distinguished from other species within the genus by its long crescent shaped caudal fin which has a red or orange outer margin.

Compatibility: Can be kept with smaller pleco’s and fish avoid large fish that may spook or bully it

Sexing and Breeding: unreported

Diet: An omnivore with a preference towards greens. Cucumber, courgette, sinking pellet food, basically a mixture of greens and meaty foods

Water parameters: PH 6.4 - 7.2(low Kh of under 5} Temp 25.0-28.0°C /77-82.4°F
Open spaces giving plenty of swimming space, A fish prone to suddenly dashing across the tank, so avoid sharp edges and items that may damage the fish

Max Size: This fish gets quite large at 15” is really a fish that will need a very large tank

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Additional Comments:

This fish is seen occasionally in the trade usually as a contaminant in Xingu shipments as it comes from an area rich in fish.
It is widespread throughout the Amazon.

Photo courtesy Ingo Seidel Back to Nature

written by macsvsog23

Last edited by bigbird; 09-14-11 at 08:43 PM.
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