Flagtail Prochilodus

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Semaprochilodus insignis - (Jardine & Schomburgk, 1841)
Flagtail Prochilodus

A flashy fish, but too large and rambunctious for most community tanks. Aaron Norman


Although an eyecatcher when young, the Flagtail Prochilodus soon becomes a large, hyperactive fish that is definitely one of the best jumpers of all the tropical fishes. It can leave a typical community aquarium in ruins.

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Native range:

Habitat: Stream and riverbed with sunken driftwood, large stones and aquatic plants.

Maximum length: 27 cm (11 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 513 L (136 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)

General swimming level: All levels.


Omnivore. Will eat large quantities of herbivore foods and aquatic plants.

Aquarium Compatibility

Active swimmer that needs plenty of open water. Prone to jumping. Be sure aquarium has a sturdy cover.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: AN
Text credit: KW