The spotted copeina (copela nattereri) is a colorful fish from the Amazon River ,specifically parts of Peru and Brazil.
Temperature: 72-78 F
Max Size: 2 inches
Habitat and behaviour: The spotted copeina thrives in clean water with dense plants and lower lighting (or the use of floating plants in high light systems). These fish are classifed as peaceful but can be boisterous ,sometimes chasing or folowing smaller tank mates, and should be housed with similarly sized tetras and non or semi agressive fish that also live and thrive in planted environment with plenty of spaces to hide and feel protected. If you don't have a planted aquarium, the "products recommended" section of this profile gives specific products that can be used to simulate driftwood and plant life in your aquarium.
Diet: The spotted Copeina are micropredators and like the ability to hunt small invertebrates. In a home aquarium baby brine shrimp can simulate this natural feeding process and can be supplemented with flake food. They are active fish that prefer to continuously explore and hunt. This allows you to feed a diverse range of foods to achieve the best color and health of your spotted copeina.
Breeding: The males of this species grow larger than females. They are egg layers that usually deposit eggs onto the broad leaves of plants that must be removed or protected to ensure they are able to hatch. The young spotted copeina enjoy baby brine shrimp and supplemental feedings of rotifers and other microrganisms that are often naturally occuring in a planted aquarium.
Products recommended for the Spotted Copeina:
-Baby Brine Shrimp (SF1003)
-Freshwater Flake Food (OSI3819)
-Aqua Plant Sinker 4 Piece Variety Value Pack Green (PP7862)
- Sunken Driftwood Roots Ornament (PO162)