Other Eastern Mosquitofish Names:
Eastern Mosquitofish Scientific Name:
Gambusia holbrooki, Gambusia affinis holbrocki, Gambusia affinis holbrooki,Gambusia holbrookii, Gambusia patruelis holbrooki, Heterandria holbrooki, Heterandria uninotata, Schizophallus holbrooki, Zygonectes atrilatus
Eastern Mosquitofish Temperament:
Species Type: Livebearers
Eastern Mosquitofish Adult Size: 2 inches (cm)
Eastern Mosquitofish Life Expectancy: 2 years
Eastern Mosquitofish Habitat: United States Lakes
Eastern Mosquitofish Minimum Tank Size:
Generally peaceful but will eat fry of other fish.
Eastern Mosquitofish Diet & Nutrition:
Does well with flake or pellet food.
Eastern Mosquitofish Description:
The eastern mosquito fish got it's name from the idea that it eats mosquito larvae and can therefore reduce mosquito populations. While the eastern mosquitofish does indeed eat mosquito and insect larvae, it actually prefers to eat fry of other small fish species and tadpoles. This fish species is considered a pest in many parts of the world due to the stress it can cause on native wildlife populations. Because of this, mosquito fish should not be released to the wild.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other peaceful community fish.
Eastern Mosquitofish Breeding & Spawning:
The eastern mosquitofish is a prolific breeder. To breed, simply mix males and females.
Determining Eastern Mosquitofish Sex:
Males tend to be smaller and have a gonopodium. Females tend to have a dark spot on their belly.
All over the tank.
Eastern Mosquitofish Diseases:
None specific to species
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