Pink-Tailed Chalceus

Pink-Tailed Chalceus

By Gary Bolton

Family: Chalceidae

Species: Chalceus macrolepidotus

Size: 25cm (10 inch)

Diet: Omnivorous

Tank levels: Upper and middle

Habitat: Streams and rivers of Amazonia and Guyana

Remarks: This large, active species needs plenty of room and food; it can become quite predatory towards smaller fish.

Comments: This fish species takes its popular name from the bright pink caudal fin that is seen on prime specimens. Body coloration is golden olive on the dorsal surface, with silvery flanks. Scales are large and well defined, particularly above the level of the lateral line. The head is fairly short, and the mouth has a rather prominent upper lip. Not really a good fish for the novice keeper as it can need watching at times.


This fish comes from the “Tropical Fish” family species of fish. I hope you enjoyed this fish profile that I put together to help people to choose the right fish for the right aquarium tank setup you may own, or be thinking of buying in the future. If you require more information about keeping fish in general and what are the right fish to choose for your tank setups, you can always visit my site called “GB Aquarium” and see what’s posted new there and also join in the discussion taking place!

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