Four Spotted Merry Widow (Phallichthys quadripunctatus)

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Four Spotted Merry Widow

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Four Spotted Merry Widow

Phallichthys quadripunctatus

76 Litres (20 US G.)

5.1-8.9cm (2-3.5 ")




7.0 - 8.0

20 -30 °C (68-86°F)

5-12 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

2-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Origin[edit | edit source]

Endemic to Central America: Rio Sixaola, Costa Rica.

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]

The body of this fish is silver in colour with 4 (rarely 3 or 5) round or oval black blotches the size of the pupil.

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