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Priapella intermediaMagyarul / Hungarian
Priapella intermedia - Priapella intermedia - Priapella intermedia -
  • Scientific name: Priapella intermedia
  • Common name: -
  • Group: Livebearers
  • Habitat: Central America; Mexico
  • Size: male:5 cm, female:7 cm
  • Biotope: In the clear waters of Rio Coatzacoalcos
  • Social behavior: Though a peaceful, schooling fish, the species is not recommended for a conventional community tank.
  • Diet: Omnivorous,small live food, flakes.
  • Breeding: Hard
  • Tank: Minimum 50 litres
  • Population: 4-5 fish for 60 litres
  • Decoration: They like to swim beneath a cover of floating plants and show best against a dark tank bottom.
  • Temperature: 25-28 °C
  • pH: 7-8
  • Hardness: 9-19 NK°
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years

Description: Though some consider the Priapella intermedia "unattractive" it appears best in a soft light. The eyes and gill patches have a metallic sheen. The base color of the body is yellowish to silver. The species is quite sensitive to fluctuating temperatures which are not common to its native waters. Needs clear water, frequent water changes and an identifiable current. Changes in light can make them nervous.

For approximately five months the male can be identified by a gonopodium. Not a productive species, younger females may drop only six fry. Older ones may produce to 20 though never more. Fry can be delivered every four to six weeks and should be fed Brine Shrimp and micro food with algae.