sixbar distichodus

Scientific name Distichodus sexfasciatus
Descriptor Boulenger
Year of description 1897
IUCN category LC
Family Distichodontidae
Genus Distichodus
Distichodus sexfasciatus Distichodus sexfasciatus


Distichodus sexfasciatus, commonly known as sixbar distichodus, is a fresh water fish from the Africa.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    76 cm
  • Longevity
    8 year
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    76 cm
  • Longevity
    8 year
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the sixbar distichodus ?

The sixbar distichodus measures between 50 and 76 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly argent body. The also has noir vertical stripes.

Sexual dimorphism

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
    omnivorous with herbivorous tendency
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The sixbar distichodus is a fish living in shoals naturally found at mid-depth. This species is omnivorous with herbivorous tendency .

Although the sixbar distichodus is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The sixbar distichodus is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    22 - 26 °C
  • pH (acidity)
    6 - 7
  • gh (hardness)
    10 - 20
  • Flow
    Slow and Stagnant

Biotope presentation

This animal evolves in areas characterized by a strong presence of vegetation (aquatic and marsh plants, decaying organic matter, roots...).


Not recommended

We do not recommend keeping this species in an aquarium. It has unpredictable needs which, if not met, generate significant stress, potentially leading to a shorter life expectancy, an interruption of its growth or the development of pathogens.

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