Representatives of the genus are different from other gastro pelecid by the lack of a fatty fin and the structure of the teeth. Aquariums contain only three species of this genus. Body shape is characteristic of the whole family. Adipose fin absent.
The main color of Carnegiella is brownish, yellowish or slightly violet, in some places silvery parts stand out sharply. The back is dark, olive with black dots and stripes. From the gill cover to the bottom of the tail fin stretches a dark stripe, fringed with silver top.
On the abdomen are black stripes with jagged edges. The fins are not painted. The Carnegiella female differs from the male in its greater fullness.
Carnegiella’s photo can be seen on the right.
The conditions of detention are the same as for other members of the family. On the surface of the water in the aquarium, along with brightly lit areas should be shaded, here the fish are mostly among the floating plants. It is advisable to set the average illumination at the location of the sprayer; fish often stay in the stream of water created by the sprayer.
In bright light, Carnegiell’s colouration is homely. The fish are peaceful; they can be contained with other species.
With regard to food, Carnegiella is very unpretentious, more willing to eat food that floats on the surface; It is desirable to give different flies, you can dry food. Water should be soft (5 °), transparent, peat; temperature 24-30 °.
In Carnegiella aquariums breed regularly, but the necessary conditions for this are not well known. Spawning follows after the fluttering, butterfly-like dance of the male around the female. Carnegiella females lay their small eggs 1-4 at a time (several dozen in total) into small-leaved plants located, according to some information, near the surface of the water.
Larvae hatch after 30 hours. Fry are fed the same way as representatives of the genus Hifessobrikon.
You can buy Carnegiell from a specialized nursery. The price of Carnegiella fry can be found on the bulletin board.
Pictures and photos of Carnegiella can be found in the species and breeds section.