Difference between revisions of "Gambusia affinis"

From The Aquarium Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
m
 
Line 36: Line 36:
 
|max_water_hardness=19
 
|max_water_hardness=19
 
}}
 
}}
{{Basic fish page
+
 
|origin=:Found across North and Central America, primarily in the Mississippi River basin from central Indiana and Illinois in USA south to Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Slope drainages west to Mexico. Has also been introduced elsewhere, with some damage to native species.
+
== Origin ==
|sexing=:Females are larger than males, and dull in colour. Males have some colour, which distinguishes them from females. Males also have a [[gonopodium]], used in breeding rituals in which the males will 'display' for the females.
+
:Found across North and Central America, primarily in the Mississippi River basin from central Indiana and Illinois in USA south to Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Slope drainages west to Mexico. Has also been introduced elsewhere, with some damage to native species.
 +
 
 +
     
 +
== Sexing ==
 +
:Females are larger than males, and dull in colour. Males have some colour, which distinguishes them from females. Males also have a [[gonopodium]], used in breeding rituals in which the males will 'display' for the females.
  
 
==Breeding==
 
==Breeding==
 
:See our article on [[Breeding Gambusia affinis]].
 
:See our article on [[Breeding Gambusia affinis]].
|tank_compatibility=:Aggressive fin nippers, are best with hardy sub-tropical fish such as [[Rosy Red]]s and [[White Cloud Mountain Minnow]]s. Very easy to breed and will multiply in an aquarium. Like [[Guppies]], keep in a ratio of one male per two-three females.
+
 
|diet=:Good foods would be [[brine shrimp]], [[bloodworm]]s and [[daphnia]], supplemented with flakes. Also will eat some plants.
+
     
|feeding_regime=:Mosquito Fish should be fed twice a day maximum, once every other day minimum.
+
== Tank compatibility ==
|environment_specifics=:Slightly [[brackish]] water can help the fish's health. The tank should be spacious with hiding places in planting (plants including [[Java Fern]] will tolerate a brackish environment and are unlikely to be eaten), rocks and [[bogwood]].
+
:Aggressive fin nippers, are best with hardy sub-tropical fish such as [[Rosy Red]]s and [[White Cloud Mountain Minnow]]s. Very easy to breed and will multiply in an aquarium. Like [[Guppies]], keep in a ratio of one male per two-three females.
|behaviour=:Females are more aggressive towards males, so male to female ratio should be 1:3. They will nip at other fish, so they should be kept with the same species.
+
 
|identification=:Not a colourful fish, they have translucent fins with faint dark speckling and pale green/yellow/cream bodies, female Mosquito Fish and female [[Guppies]] look a lot alike. Males have blue iridescence on their flanks.
+
     
}}
+
== Diet ==
 +
:Good foods would be [[brine shrimp]], [[bloodworm]]s and [[daphnia]], supplemented with flakes. Also will eat some plants.
 +
 
 +
     
 +
== Feeding regime ==
 +
:Mosquito Fish should be fed twice a day maximum, once every other day minimum.
 +
 
 +
     
 +
== Environment specifics ==
 +
:Slightly [[brackish]] water can help the fish's health. The tank should be spacious with hiding places in planting (plants including [[Java Fern]] will tolerate a brackish environment and are unlikely to be eaten), rocks and [[bogwood]].
 +
 
 +
     
 +
== Behaviour ==
 +
:Females are more aggressive towards males, so male to female ratio should be 1:3. They will nip at other fish, so they should be kept with the same species.
 +
 
 +
     
 +
== Identification ==
 +
:Not a colourful fish, they have translucent fins with faint dark speckling and pale green/yellow/cream bodies, female Mosquito Fish and female [[Guppies]] look a lot alike. Males have blue iridescence on their flanks.
 +
 
 +
     
 
{{Categories
 
{{Categories
 
|Category=Fish, Fish (Brackish), Fish (Freshwater), Livebearers
 
|Category=Fish, Fish (Brackish), Fish (Freshwater), Livebearers

Latest revision as of 03:06, 13 December 2017

Western Mosquitofish

WesternMosquitofish.jpg
Female Western Mosquitofish

Gambusia affinis

38 Litres (10 US G.)

2.5-5.1cm (1-2 ")

sg

1 - 1.015

pH

6.0 - 8.0

12 -29 °C (53.6-84.2°F)

5-19 °d

1:2 M:F

Carnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years

Family

Poeciliidae

This animal is available captive bred



Additional names

Mosquito Fish, Western Mosquitofish

Additional scientific names

Heterandria affinis, Gambusia affinis affinis, Gambusia gracilis


Origin[edit | edit source]

Found across North and Central America, primarily in the Mississippi River basin from central Indiana and Illinois in USA south to Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Slope drainages west to Mexico. Has also been introduced elsewhere, with some damage to native species.


Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females are larger than males, and dull in colour. Males have some colour, which distinguishes them from females. Males also have a gonopodium, used in breeding rituals in which the males will 'display' for the females.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

See our article on Breeding Gambusia affinis.


Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

Aggressive fin nippers, are best with hardy sub-tropical fish such as Rosy Reds and White Cloud Mountain Minnows. Very easy to breed and will multiply in an aquarium. Like Guppies, keep in a ratio of one male per two-three females.


Diet[edit | edit source]

Good foods would be brine shrimp, bloodworms and daphnia, supplemented with flakes. Also will eat some plants.


Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Mosquito Fish should be fed twice a day maximum, once every other day minimum.


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Slightly brackish water can help the fish's health. The tank should be spacious with hiding places in planting (plants including Java Fern will tolerate a brackish environment and are unlikely to be eaten), rocks and bogwood.


Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Females are more aggressive towards males, so male to female ratio should be 1:3. They will nip at other fish, so they should be kept with the same species.


Identification[edit | edit source]

Not a colourful fish, they have translucent fins with faint dark speckling and pale green/yellow/cream bodies, female Mosquito Fish and female Guppies look a lot alike. Males have blue iridescence on their flanks.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]