Pinktailed Chalceus (Chalceus macrolepidotus)

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Pinktailed Chalceus

Chalceus macrolepidotus

208 Litres (55 US G.)

20.3-22.9cm (8-9 ")




6.8 - 7.5

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

6-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-8 years



Additional names

Pinktailed Chalceus, Pinktail Chalceus, Pink Tail Chalceus, Pink-Tailed Characin

Additional scientific names

Chalceus ararapeera, Creagrutus pellegrini


South America: Negro and Orinoco River basins and coastal rivers in Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.


Very difficult to sex visually.

Tank compatibility[edit]

A large and predatory fish that should not be kept with smaller fish. Only keep with similar-sized or larger robust fish. This fish should be kept singly or in groups of 8 or more to spread any aggression.


Will accept most meaty foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen food such as earthworms, shrimp, bloodworm and other meaty treats.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit]

A laterally long tank is essential with plenty of open swimming space and excellent filtration. A secure lid is a must as this fish is known to jump.


A large active predatory fish.


An elongate, laterally compressed fish with large scales. The upper parts have rows of large scales, while the lower parts have much smaller ones. The back is brownish-silver while the flanks are silver with a greenish iridescence. The belly is pinkish-silver. The fins range from yellow to dark red in colour. The upper part of the iris is yellow to orange. There is a dark spot near the gill cover.


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