Poecilia Reticulata

Species Information

Live-bearing Carp

Native to South America: Venezuela, Barbados, Trinidad, northern Brazil and the Guyanas. Widely introduced and established elsewhere, mainly for mosquito control, but had rare to non-existing effects on mosquitos, and negative to perhaps neutral effects on native fishes.

Africa: Feral populations reported from the coastal reaches of Natal rivers from Durban southwards, as well as in the Kuruman Eye and L. Otjikoto in Namibia. Several countries report adverse ecological impact after introduction.

The "American" family of fish are also native to many of the Caribbean islands. The males have a more pronounced finnage.

Known as guppy. Length 1 1/2 to 3 inches.

Feeds on zooplankton, small insects and detritus. One of the most popular aquarium fishes with many standardized varieties. Males mature at 2 months and females at 3 months of age.

Water, brackish; pH range: 7.0 - 8.0; dH range: 9.0 - 19.0. Has a wide salinity range but requires fairly warm temperatures of 73-76 degrees.

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