This old favorite continues to hold its own against some of the more colorful killifishes of both the New and Old Worlds. It is a tough, easy-to- breed species in which mature males in peak condition constantly display toward each other as well as toward prospective mates.
Other common name
- American Flagfish
- From Florida southward to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.
- Males up to 2 1/2in (6.5cm); females slightly smaller.
- Males territorial and often aggressive toward rivals, but more tolerant of other species.
- All types of food accepted; vegetable component important.
- Thickly planted, with some open swimming areas and fine-grained substratum. Water chemistry not critical but quality must be good. Temperature range: 66-77 F (19-25C).
- Eggs are either scattered among fine-leaved vegetation or laid in a depression prepared by the male; male also guards eggs. Hatching takes about 6-9 days.