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The American Flag Fish

By Clint Norwood

American Flag Fish © Stacy Malbon

Species/genus:   Jordanella floridae
Origin:   Florida down the East and Gulf Coast to Yucatan
Temp:  68-77°F (20-25°C)
pH:   around neutral
dH:   medium, not critical
Temperament:   Usually peaceful, but the male will guard eggs and fry with force.
Adult Size:   2½ in (6.5cm)
Minimum Tank Size:   5 gallon
Feeding:   Omnivorous, needs vegatble flakes or algae.
Breeding:     A Killifish thats spawns like a Cichlid. The male will dig a depression in the sand where he will guard the eggs for thier 7 day incubation. The fry are usually safe with their parents.
The Flag Fish can be kept much like the common livebearers, Platies, Swordtails and Mollies. It doesn't mind higher pH or even a little salt in the water. They make excellent fish for algae clean up.

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