Although this species lacks the red body coloration of prime N. beckfordi (Golden Pencilfish) specimens, it is nevertheless beautifully patterned with a broad, body-long, black band along the midline and a considerably narrower one above. This species lacks an adipose fin.
- Sunname and Guyana.
- Up to 2in (5cm).
- Peaceful shoaler, somewhat more timid than N. beckfordi; should not be kept with lively tankmates.
- Most small foods accepted, particularly livefoods.
- Thickly planted and with subdued lighting. Soft, slightly acid, nitrate- free water preferred (any changes in conditions must be carried out gradually), as is tannin-stained water. Temperature range: 73-81 F (23-27C).
- Subdued lighting, soft, acid water, and fine- leaved vegetation required. Water temperature should be maintained at around 86 F (30 C). Eggs are scattered among the vegetation and may be eaten by the spawners. Hatching takes 1-3 days.