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Ameca Splendens
Butterfly goodeid
Miller & Fitzsimmons, 1971

Ameca Splendens - Butterfly goodeid - Two male butterfly Goodeids
Two male butterfly Goodeids
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(Other members of the genus Ameca)

ADULT SIZE: 12 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Ameca Splendens a predominantly vegetarian diet

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Mexico

AQUARIUM CARE: This large livebearer is a keen algae eater, and if you can track it down, it will do a great job of keeping your tank algae-free. Furthermore it is said to eat duckweed - an invasive surface plant that plagues many a fishtank, although in our experience not as quickly as necessary. They are relatively simple to keep, thriving in most water conditions, although clean water with some current is preferred. Although most foods are accepted, a vegetable component to the diet is highly desireable. Females of the species, as is so often the case with livebearers, are slightly larger (and rounder) than males.

Ameca Splendens is best kept in a species tank, as it can bully other fish in a community tank. It could do well in a tank with other robust but peaceful species: catfish, certain barbs or Central American cichlids.

BREEDING: Like all livebearers, the female fish give birth to live young, in this case, however, the young are fewer in number and larger in size than most other species.

Have you bred Ameca Splendens? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Ameca Splendens breeding reports








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Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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