Water Conditions- Not
critical, but require effective filtration
and regular water changes
Behavior- A Generally peaceful
goodeid, Can be aggressive with smaller tankmates
Breeding- 5-30 Large young every 2 Months
Size- One of the larger goodeids, 3-4 inches
This is not one of the rare goodeids, but is by far one of the
most attractive. Brilliant yellow beneath high contrast
fine complex mottling makes it a fish that draws your eye.
Some appreciate it for its interesting similarity in appearance
to some of the US natives such as the bass, trout or salmon.
Topping out at about 4 inches it is one of the larger goodeids,
requiring at least a 20 gallon tank. The tank in the
a 50 gallon with a population at the limits of what that tank
can hold, given that it receives regular
Because of its size and activity level it does require a tank
effective filtration and some aeration. As an adult, this
fish does poorly in a bucket or tank without aeration of
for more than just a couple hours. So it is best to ship them
when they are younger, when they will do well in transit.
Interestingly, this is a fish that customers seem to truly enjoy and keep for long periods. There
have been those
who have bought this fish that have said they do well with other species.
One friend kept them with larger cichlids
and they did fine, standing up for
themselves when they needed to, but never looking for or causing
This species, like other goodeids, have been reproducing
seasonally, producing fry from mid March to September. The fry
are just about the largest of any of the goodeids and are
eaten by the adults when the adults are fairly large.
generally donít bother their own fry, but fry are often eaten
by other adults, so females need to be moved to a 10 gallon tank
of their own to drop their fry. The fry can be put
immediately into their own filtered, aerated tank and will grow
crushed dry food, baby brine shrimp and other live foods. As
soon as they are big enough to survive in a tank with adults
they should be moved to the larger tank.
These can be difficult to sex until larger, and if you decide
to select your breeders for the most interesting markings,
be careful as the markings on males are more pronounced at a
younger age. Choosing for coloration at too young of an
age could end up with a mix far heavy with males, though both
sexes could be very similar in appearance as adults.
One goal with this species is to keep them in a pond for a
season to see what it does to their size and coloration!
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