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Copella meinkeni

Copeina spotted or Copella meinkeni are naturally found in the central Amazon basin. The fish can mainly be found in forest channels and flooded forests during the rainy season. The water is brownish in these areas due to the decomposition of plant organic matter at the bottom.

Copella meinkeni has a long body, coloured pinkish or silvery, with rows of red dots. The pectoral fins are transparent. The tail and dorsal plumage are slightly pink. The dorsal fin has a faintly contrasting dark spot. Males are brightly colored and larger in size than females. The size of fish reaches 4.5 cm.

Copella meinkeni - peaceful fish, which can be kept as a species or in a common aquarium with other peace-loving fish species commensurate with their size. Preferably contain a group of at least 8-10 fish. In this case, the fish will exhibit more natural behavior and not wander around at the slightest movement in front of the aquarium. In addition, it will be very interesting to observe the males, which in the process of competing with each other for the attention of females, will exhibit not only interesting behavior, but also a bright coloration.

Keep the fish may be in an aquarium of 50 liters in volume, densely planted with tall plants, including floating on the surface of bushes with long roots. If the aquarium contains many plants, juveniles may be kept together with adult fish without fear for their lives. The fish spend most of their time in the upper water layer.

Copella meinkeni

To create the conditions in the aquarium as close as possible to those in nature, it is advisable to place a leaf mat of pre-dried oak leaves on the bottom. This substrate will develop colonies of microorganisms during decomposition, which will serve as good additional food for the fry.

Water parameters: temperature 20-28°C, hardness dH 1-10°, acidity pH 4.0-7.0. Requires filtration, aeration and a weekly change of 1/3 of the aquarium water with fresh. It is advisable to create a small water current in the upper water layer by draining the water filter along one of the long aquarium walls. Do not introduce fish into an aquarium in which biological equilibrium has not yet been established, as the fish are very sensitive to variations in water chemistry.

In nature, the Copella meinkeni feeds on zooplankton and small invertebrates. In aquariums, fish are fed a variety of dry food, as well as live and frozen artemia, daphnia, small moths, crickets and flies Drosophila. Feed the fish once or twice a day.


Copella meinkeni lays eggs among the leaves of plants. Subsequently, the clutch guards the male. As written above, if the aquarium is densely planted, then virtually no action to breeding fish - they will periodically spawn in a common tank without interference. In the case of an insufficient number of shelters in the aquarium, the best option is to transfer producers in the spawning tank, where future fry will be safer.

Before spawning, each of the males take over a small area, which is protected in every way from other fish and begin to attract females. As soon as one of the females swims up to him, spawning may soon begin. The female usually lays her eggs on a broad plant leaf. Immediately after spawning, the female should be set aside and the male left to care for the clutch.

COPEINE FIFTY (Copella meinkeni)

The eggs incubate for 36-72 hours and once the fry have hatched, the male stops taking care of his young and must be removed as he may prey on the fry.

In the first few days of life, the fry are fed with special dry food intended for fry, and a little later they are fed with artemia. The fry grow very slowly.

The life expectancy of the Copella meinkeni in an aquarium is 4-5 years.

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