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Skiffia francesae - Golden skiffiaMagyarul / Hungarian
Skiffia francesae - Golden skiffiaSkiffia francesae - Golden skiffiaSkiffia francesae - Golden skiffiaSkiffia francesae - Golden skiffiaSkiffia francesae - Golden skiffia
  • Scientific name: Skiffia francesae
  • Synonyms: -
  • Common name: Golden skiffia
  • Group: Livebearers
  • Habitat: Central America; Western Mexico, it was endemic to Río Teuchitlan River.
  • Size: 5 cm
  • Biotope: Found in the quiet, shallow areas of the river with only a slight current, usually over the sandy or muddy substrate.
  • Social behavior: Peaceful and active fish, that best kept in a species tank, in a larger group.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; will accept most foods, but they also need some vegetable matter, such as algae.
  • Breeding: Quite easy
  • Tank: Minimum 80 litres
  • Population: 6-8 fish for 80 litres
  • Decoration: Needs a tank with dense vegetation with sandy substrate and some tree branches or roots.
  • Temperature: 14-22 °C
  • pH: 7-9
  • Hardness: 2-35 NK°
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years

Description: Unfortunately Golden skiffia is considered to be extinct in the wild, but many aquarium populations have been maintained in different countries, so that this species has not been lost yet.

Males have bright gold body covered with grey spots. Their coloration become more intense during spawning, and males show gray borders on the dorsal, anal and caudal fins and gray pelvic fins. The gold colouration on males is most evident in the dorsal, anal and caudal fins and faintly present along the caudal peduncle. Females and juveniles are gray-green with scattered small black dots along the lateral line, and the dorsal surface. Females have clear fins. On both sexes there is a black crescent patch at the caudal fin base. Males also have larger dorsal and anal fins than females.

When they kept in a larger group of several males and females, breeding likely will occur. The gestation period of the female is about 8 weeks. The female usually gives birth to 5-15 fry and they can be 8-11 mm long, so raising the fry is non problematic. In densely planted tanks the older fish do not chase their young.