The three members of this genus (or four members according to some literature) look quite different from the other citharinids featured in the preceding pages. The body is long and slim, and the mouth is armed with a fearsome set of cutting teeth. The snout itself is elongated into a “beak” whose top half actually lifts when the mouth is opened. Since Phago species are known for eating small fishes and biting the fins of larger specimens, they are often referred to as the “fin eaters.”
- Niger basin in West Africa. Size: Around 5 1/2in (14cm).
- Unsociable and highly predatory; despite this, Phago can be very timid in aquaria.
- May eat larger invertebrate livefoods, but shows a clear preference for live fish. This species should therefore be kept only after serious consideration of its dietary requirements.
- Roomy, with ample swimming space and suitable shelters of bogwood or caves. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 73-82°F (23-28°C).
- No accounts of successful aquarium breeding currently available.