American Flagfish (Jordanella floridae)
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45 Litres (12 US G.)
5-6 cm (2-2.4")
6.7 - 8.2
18.9-22.2°C (66 -72 °F)
- American Flagfish, American Flag Fish, Flagfish, American-Flag Fish
Additional scientific names
- Cyprinodon floridae
- North America: St. Johns and Ochlocknee River drainages south to peninsular Florida, USA.
- The males have red stripes on their bodies and fins. Females are more drab in colour.
- Flagfish are semi-aggressive and are prone to nip fins. Try to choose tank mates that swim quickly, although a better choice is to keep them in a species tank.
- The diet consists of plant matter and algae. If they are fed on a diet of meaty foods, their lifespans will shorten drastically. They eat multiple types of algae, but prefer hair algae.
- Feed often and generously to supplement their high activity level.
- A well planted tank, preferably in a sunny location, to encourage algae. This is a little fish and can survive many water parameters. However, it would be wise to keep ammonia at 0, nitrite at 0, and nitrate at less than 20 ppm.
- A bit aggressive, but it depends on the personality of the fish. They have a tendency to rip off chunks of fins of tank mates.
- A short-bodied and thick-set fish with rounded fins. It is attractive in colour with a creamy yellow base colour with alternating horizontal red and green/blue iridescent stripes, this stretches into the dorsal and anal fin. The caudal fin is blue in colour.
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