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Girardinus metallicus
Metallic livebearer
Poey, 1854

Girardinus metallicus - Metallic livebearer - A male metalic livebearer.
A male metalic livebearer.
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(Other members of the genus Girardinus)

ADULT SIZE: 5 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Brackish (tablespoon of seasalt/gallon)

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 22-26 C

FOOD: Feed Girardinus metallicus small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Costa Rica, Cuba

AQUARIUM CARE: The metallic livebearer is a rather charming fish, which is both easy to keep and attractive, but it is also a great algae eater too. Like many livebearers, they do slightly better with slightly brackish conditions, but other than this require no special treatment; being at home in a brackish community tank.

BREEDING: These livebearers are easy to breed - acting much like guppies. Removing the parent fish from the fry may or may not be necessary

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








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