Alestopetersius caudalis – Yellowtail Tetra
Alestopetersius caudalis is a peaceful schooling fish, ideal for the community aquarium together with other peaceful fish. If there are too few conspecifics present, this fish becomes very shy and hardly shows itself. A sunny spot and a dark bottom really bring out the colors of this fish.
Make sure you have a good male/female ratio. Keep several females to 1 male in a group. If you have too many males, they will engage in battles where they can get injured and never recover.
Synonyms: Petersius caudalis, Hemigrammopetersius caudalis, Phenacogrammus caudalis, Petersius brumpti, Alestopetersius leopoldianus brumpti, Hemmigrammopetersius brumpti, Phenacogrammus leopoldianus brumpti, Petersius xenurus, Alestopetersius xenurus xenurus, Hemigrammopetersius xenurus, Micralestes grandi, Alestopetersius hilgendorfi grandi
Congo and tributaries
Alestopetersius caudalis prefers live food, but dry food is also accepted.
Breeding Alestopetersius caudalis
The cultivation of alestopetersius caudalis is fairly simple. Up to 300 eggs are laid in the morning sun and sink to the bottom. It is preferable to remove the parents afterwards. The young hatch after 6 days and can be raised with rotifer and later with Artemia nauplii.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie