Atlantic Mudskipper (Periophthalmus barbarus)

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Atlantic Mudskipper

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Atlantic Mudskipper

Periophthalmus barbarus

Moderate

sg

1 - 1.025

pH

7.5 - 8.0

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8-18 °d

1:1 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years

Family

Gobiidae

This animal is available captive bred



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Additional names

Atlantic Mudskipper


Origin

Africa

Sexing

Males are usually larger and have notably more colourful finnage during the breeding season.

Tank compatibility

Ideally, should not be kept with other fish, and can be aggressive toward others of it's own species, should there be too little space.

Diet

Should not be fed flake, but rather live foods (crickets, worms, grasshoppers) and frozen foods (bloodworm, brine shrimp).

Feeding regime

One good feeding a day should suffice.

Environment Specifics

Needs very specific environmental conditions. A raised area of land (sandy beach, piled rocks) should emerge from some shallow, warm water. The tank should be kept covered to keep the air humid and prevent the fish from jumping out. This species requires brackish water, which can be achieved by using a marine salt mix.

Behaviour

Very well known for their land dwelling capabilities, so long as the correct environment is provided, this should be a regular occurrence. Is very territorial towards it's own species and other creatures entering it's surrounds, mostly when the fish is older.

Identification

Difficult to distinguish between most Periophthalmus species, but regardless is the most common Mudskipper brought into the hobby, and care requirements vary only slightly between species.

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