The Six Banded Distichodus, a visually striking fish, can be found in various parts of Central Africa. Although it has been popular in the aquarium hobby for many years, it has become less common due to infrequent imports from the region. This species is known for its impressive growth and active nature, characterized by intense red fins and distinctive black bars across its body. In its natural habitat, the Six Banded Distichodus typically inhabits lakes or larger streams with moderate to strong currents.
In an aquarium setting, these fish require ample open swimming space and thrive when housed alongside robust, fast-moving tankmates. While young Six Banded Distichodus can coexist peacefully, as they mature, territorial behavior may arise among individuals. They are also prone to nip the fins of slower-moving or long-finned tankmates.
It's important to consider these characteristics when setting up an aquarium for the Six Banded Distichodus, providing sufficient space and selecting suitable tankmates to promote a harmonious environment.