Fish - Pseudomugil signifer
Scientific name: Pseudomugil signifer (KNER, 1866) Common name: Pacific Blue-eye Taxonomic group: Pseudomugilidae Origin: Australia Habitat: From coastal creeks to mangrove swamps Behavior: Schooling Diet: Small omnivore Breeding: Egg scatterer Size: 3-6 cm Tank size: 54 litre min. Population: 6 specimen at least Setup: Branches, dense vegetation Temperature: 20 – 26 °C pH: 6.5 – 7.5 General hardness: 5-20 °dH Lifespan: ?
One of the newest small rainbowfish species in the hobby. It's easy to keep, small, pretty and as a novelty somewhat unique. It's natural habitat ranges from tannin stained creekst to mangrowe swamps and estuaries throughout the Australian continent. It can be found in both soft, acidic and hard, alkaline waters. Practically you can keep it in any type of planted tank with success! The only important thing is a good, mature filtration system. It can live in full marine and brackish water too, but fortunately salt is not necessary at all. The blue-eye is an unfussy omnivore with a small mouth. Provide small, quality food, preferably with spirulina and cyclops for the best colors. Keep in big groups to show the best natural behavior, unless they become timid. Within ideal conditions the males will constantly show off their competitive behavior which is a harmless but spectacular posing. Blue-eyes are egg scatterers without any parental care. They lay eggs easily in a community tank but it's hard to find them in time. If the vegetation is really dense some fry can hatch and grow without any help.
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