Banded Merry Widow (Phallichthys fairweatheri)

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Banded Merry Widow

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Banded Merry Widow

Phallichthys fairweatheri

57 Litres (15 US G.)

5.1-6.4cm (2-2.5 ")




6.5 - 8.0

24 -28 °C (75.2-82.4°F)

15-25 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Banded Merry Widow, Picotee Livebearer

Origin[edit | edit source]

Endemic to Central America: Mexico to Guatemala and Honduras.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have a large gonopodium.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A peaceful livebearer. Must be kept in the typical livebearer ratio of at least 2-3 females per male. All male groups can be kept.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Accepts most foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen foods such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Does best in a spacious and well filtered planted set up.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A typical peaceful livebearer.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Molly like in shape, the Banded Merry Widow is iridescent silver in base colour with many lateral orange bands down it's body from the head to the caudal peduncle.

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