Nannostomus beckfordi, commonly known as the golden pencil fish or Beckford's pencil fish, is a freshwater species of fish belonging to the characin family Lebiasinidae
Species - Beckfordi Pencilfish - Nannostromus Beckfordi
Current Size – 3cm - 4cm
Adult Length – 6.5cm
Temperature Range – 21 – 27 °C
pH Range – 5.0 – 8.0
Tanks Mates and Compatibility - Relatively peaceful and will not compete well with very boisterous or much larger tankmates.
In a community it’s best kept with similarly-sized, peaceful characids and smaller callichthyid or loricariid catfishes but sedate surface-dwellers such as hatchetfishes are best omitted, especially in smaller aquaria.
It also makes an ideal dither fish for Apistogramma spp. and other dwarf cichlids since it tends to inhabit the middle-to-upper regions of the tank, and does not often predate fry.
In a more general community set-up it can be combined with smaller rasboras, barbs, anabantoids, etc.
Feeding – In the aquarium it will accept dried foods of a suitable size but should also be offered daily meals of small live and frozen fare such as Artemia nauplii, Moina, grindal worm, etc.
Please note – Some images used are library photos and will show the colour potential at a fully mature size, as our fish are juvenilles they may vary.
We always aim to supply the fish as close to the purchase size as possible. However if this is not possible, we will always contact you to discuss.
The fish are selected at random however you are welcome to make a note on the order and the fish manager will do his best for you. This is dependent on current stock at the time of your order.