Primarily distinguished from the closely related members of the genus Copella by its jawbone characteristics, the Red-spotted Copeina is popular for its striking coloration. Specimens in peak condition have a shiny light blue body overlaid with numerous red spots. The pelvic, anal, and lower lobe of the caudal fin all have red borders as well.
Other common name
- Red-spotted Characin
- Amazon basin.
- Up to 6in (15cm) reported, but usually only about half this size.
- Peaceful, except during breeding, when males may become aggressive.
- Wide range of foods accepted.
- Large aquarium recommended, with fine- grained substratum. Plants are not eaten but they may be uprooted during nestbuilding. Tannin-stained water preferred. Water chemistry not critical, but sottish, acid to neutral conditions preferred. Temperature range: 73-82°F (23-28°C ).
- Male hollows out a shallow depression in the substratum, and the pair spawn in it. The eggs are guarded by male until they hatch 1 1/2-2 days later. Recommended breeding temperature: 82-86°F (28-30°C).