American Flag Fish Care Sheet

SizeUp to 2 ¼ inches or 6 cm
OriginSouth Eastern parts of USA, mainly around Florida
Natural habitatFloodplains where brackish water may exist
Fish HardinessEasy to keep
Water Temperature64.5 - 75 ºF or 18 - 24 ºC
Water pH6.5 – 8.5 pH
Water Hardness5 - 20 dH
StrataAll but mostly middle to bottom
Peaceful or AggressiveGenerally peaceful but in a small tank they will show aggression towards smaller species of fish
Number of same species in one aquariumOne male and one female
Minimum tank size5 gallons or 20 liters for every pair of fish
Community FishYes, if tank mates are chosen carefully, no smaller fish with long fins
Compatible withDiscus Fish, active fish like Danios, Plecos will also work. It is important to have enough room and hiding place for all the fish
SexesMales are more colorful with more prominent fins than females which is a bit more round bodied
FoodOmnivorous – a good algae eater. Will eat different kinds of algae but especially thread algae. Supplement them with flake food, live or frozen daphnia, blood worms or brine shrimp
BreedingEasy to breed
Breeding temperature70 - 75 °F or 21 - 24 °C
Other namesFlorida Flag Fish, Flag Fish and different spelling forms
Scientific nameJordanella floridae
Other Scientific namesCyprinodon floridae
LifespanUp to 7 years

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