Other Mosquito Fish Names:
Mosquito Fish, Gambusia
Mosquito Fish Scientific Name:
Fundulus inurus, Gambusia affinis affinis, Gambusia affinis katruelis, Gambusia gracilis, Gambusia humilis, Gambusia patruelis, Haplochilus melanops
Mosquito Fish Temperament:
Species Type: Livebearers
Mosquito Fish Adult Size: 3 inches (cm)
Mosquito Fish Life Expectancy: 3 years
Mosquito Fish Habitat: Central American Lakes
Mosquito Fish Minimum Tank Size:
Generally peaceful but will eat fry of other fish.
Mosquito Fish Diet & Nutrition:
Does well with flake or pellet food.
Mosquito Fish Description:
The mosquito fish got it's name from the idea that it eats mosquito larvae and can therefore reduce mosquito populations. While the mosquito fish 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.
The mosquito fish is generally an unassuming drab colored fish. There are orange or yellow varieties available. The mosquito fish is very easy to keep and could make a good starter fish.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other peaceful community fish.
Mosquito Fish Breeding & Spawning:
Mosquito Fish are prolific livebearers. If mix males and females you will have fry.
Determining Mosquito Fish Sex:
Males tend to be smaller and have a gonopodium
Middle of tank.
Mosquito Fish Diseases:
None specific to species
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