The cigar fish gets the name for its perfectly cigar shape and size when it reaches maturity. Cigar fish are the largest member of the pencil fish family and must be caught in the wild, so they are somewhat rare. Please note when the statement "caught in the wild" applies to South American species, these fish are caught under rigorous protective laws. In fact the aquatic trade is one of the few industries that ensure the conservation of the Amazon forest. Cigar fish are clever swimmers and will go through all sorts of antics to find food. Buy one and you will see what we mean! All pencil fish do well in schools, but larger cigar fish can adapt to a solo life in the aquarium.
- Scientific name: Anostomus anostomus
- Origin: Peru
- Lifespan: 12 years
- Max size: 6 inches
- Food: Frozen, flake, live feeders
- Shipping Size: Approx. 2 inches