Mosquito Fish Facts:
Scientific Name : Gambusia affinis
|average adult size:||1 to 2.5 inches long|
|average life span:||1-3 years|
|diet:||omnivore - flakes/pellets|
|minimum aquarium size:||5+ gallons|
A well-balanced Mosquito Fish diet consists of:
- Food may be flaked, pellet, frozen or live.
- Avoid exclusive food which is not nutritionally complete.
Things to remember when feeding your Mosquito Fish:
- Feed small amounts several times a day. Portion size should be what the fish can consume in about 3 minutes.
- Thaw frozen foods if you choose to feed frozen.
- Keep in an appropriate size aquarium; provide plants for hiding, various species may prefer sparse or thick vegetation.
- Stable water quality, water temperature, and pH levels are critical to the health of the aquatic life. If you are unsure of your water quality or pH levels, Home Aquatics offers water testing.
- All Freshwater Livebearers do best in groups of three or more of the same species.
- Females are usually larger and may also have a spawning patch, a small dark blotch at the base of the caudal fin, at breeding time.
- Males are more slender.
Daily: Check filter, water temperature and other equipment.
Weekly: Check water quality at least once a week.
Monthly: Change 10-25% of the total volume of water every 2-4 weeks, or as needed.
Introduce new inhabitants to the aquarium gradually.
Mosquito Fish are an excellent community fish and mixes well with most other small, peaceful fish.
Signs of a Healthy Fish
- Clear eyes
- Healthy appetite
- Bright, even coloring
- Clean in appearance
Avoid overcrowded conditions; they are a major cause of stress and disease. Maintain good water quality with regular water changes and adequate filtration.
- loss of color or appetite
- spots or fungus on body or mouth
- erratic swimming
- frayed fins
Common Health Issues
|Health Issue||Symptoms or Causes||Suggested Action|
|Fin rot||Frayed or disintegrating fins; the base of the fins usually reddens.||Improve water quality; consult your aquatic veterinarian for treatment.|
|Ich||White spots appear on fins and body; fish rubs against hard objects or swims awkwardly.|
Quarantine fish immediately; use a commercial ich remedy for at least two weeks
The Mosquito Fish is an extremely hardy fish that can adapt to a wide range of water conditions.
They are livebearers which means that the baby fish come out free swimming. This livebearing fish breeds readily in the home aquarium without special attention if well fed and cared for. Monitor the fish closely when she is close to giving live birth. Mosquito Fish will chase their fry and may eat them if given a chance.
Mosquito Fish are compatible with most small fish. The exception to this is the Betta fish, which will either suffer fin nipping by the guppy or mistake guppies for another Betta and attack, therefore these two species should stay separated.
They will eat most fish foods including flakes, frozen, freeze dried and live foods such as brine shrimp.
- Brand: Home Aquatics
- Product Code: Mosquito Fish
- Availability: In Stock