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Girardinus metallicus


Family: Poeciliidae
Species: Girardinus metallicus
Common Name: Metallic Livebearer, Metallic Topminnow
Size: Adult male: up to 2 inches (5.0 cm) Adult female: 3.5 inches (9.0 cm)
Habitat: Central America: Costa Rica, Cuba. Occurs in clear, slow-flowing or still water ditches, lakes, ponds and streams.
Min Tank Size: School of 3-4: 20 gallons (75.7 liters) or larger School of 6-8: 55 gallons (208.20 liters) or larger
Diet: Omnivorous, Enjoys live or frozen brine shrimp, larvae and daphnia, algae flakes and small pelleted foods.
Behavior: Peaceful, prefers conspecific company.
Water: Temperature range 72 to 77°F (22 to 25°C) pH range: 6.0 8.0; dH range: 9 - 19°
Care: Moderate.
Communities: deal community fish, lives in hierarchic schools. Keep in a 1 male to 3 females ratio. Excellent tankmates include: anableps, bettas, bumblebee gobies, corydoras, danios, guppies, mollys, platys, rainbowfish, swords and tetras.
Suitability: Good for beginners.

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