Common name: Florida flagfish, American flagfish
Scientific name: Jordanella floridae
Distribution: Southern Florida in the United States
Habitat: Marshes, drainage ditches, and other shallow, weed-choked bodies of water
Temperature: 65 – 82°F
pH: 6.0 – 8.0
Adult size: 2.5 inches
Sexing: Mature males are much more colorful than females. Mature females will have a dark spot on the back of the dorsal fin that is absent in males
Diet: Unfussy omnivore that will readily take all sorts of dried, frozen, and live foods. A good portion of their diet consists of plant matter such as filamentous algae, which they will graze on in the aquarium.
Conspecifics: Males can be territorial with other males, but can be kept together as long as there is sufficient cover in the aquarium to break up lines of sight.
Tankmates: Peaceful with other community fish.
Notes: Jordanella floridae is considered an excellent algae eater because it will graze on filamentous algae such as hair algae or black beard algae in the aquarium. A U.S. native, this killifish is tolerant of both tropical and subtropical water conditions and makes a good pond fish in warmer regions, although it will have to be overwintered indoors when temperatures drop below 60°F.
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