Merry Widow (Phallichthys amates)

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Merry Widow

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Merry Widow

Phallichthys amates

76 Litres (20 US G.)

7.6-8.9cm (3-3.5 ")




6.0 - 8.0

24 -27 °C (75.2-80.6°F)

9-19 °d

1:3 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

1-5 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

Merry Widow, Orange Fin Merry Widow

Additional scientific names

Phallitchys amantes, Poecilia amates, Poecilia pittieri, Poeciliopsis isthmensis

Origin[edit | edit source]

Endemic to Central America: Atlantic drainages, from southern Guatemala to Costa Rica and Panama

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males have an oversized 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]

There are two subspecies: the Orange Fin Merry Widow (Phallichthys amates amates) and the Spotted Merry Widow (Phallichthys amates pittieri). They can be differentiated that the orange-fin has the dorsal fin edged in orange.

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