Cuban Mosquito (Gambusia Punctata)

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Cuban Mosquito (Gambusia Punctata)
Cuban Mosquito (Gambusia Punctata)

Video: Cuban Mosquito (Gambusia Punctata)

Video: Cuban Mosquito (Gambusia Punctata)
Video: Рыбка Гамбузия. Малярия и содержание в аквариуме Gambusia 2023, December

Cuban gambusia or blue gambusia - endemic to Fr. Cuba. It can be found in freshwater bodies of water, lakes and slow flowing streams. Fish, like other species of mosquito fish, are aggressive. Take live and dry food. In aquariums - an extremely rare guest. There is very little data on the biology of the species.

Cuban gambusia (Gambusia punctata), photo photograph viviparous fish
Cuban gambusia (Gambusia punctata), photo photograph viviparous fish

Habitat: Central America (Cuba).

Description: the body is laterally compressed, the mouth is superior, the caudal peduncle is wide. The male gonopodia is relatively short.

Habitat: Freshwater bodies of water, lakes and slow flowing streams. Sometimes it is found in mountain streams up to 600 m above sea level. Usually it keeps in flocks near the coast.

Color: grayish with dark dots on the sides of the body, forming 4-5 rows. The lateral line is dark. The dorsal and caudal fins are blue, transparent with dark specks. The eyes are bluish. Males have a dorsal fin with a red border.

Size: males - up to 4.8 cm, females - up to 7 cm.


Sizes: from 50 liters.

Water: pH 7.0-7.5, dH - 8-15 °. Aeration, filtration, weekly water changes up to 20% of the volume.

Temperature: 20-26 ° C.

Plants: overgrown with live plants in places.

Common Gambusia (Gambusia affinis)
Common Gambusia (Gambusia affinis)

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Feeding: Cuban mosquito eats well animals (both frozen and live) - cyclops, daphnia, bloodworms, cortetra, brine shrimp) and dry food.

Behavior: schooling fish, can pick off fins of slow fishes and fishes with long fins.

Personality: aggressive.

Water zone: middle and upper water layer.

Cannot be contained with: it is optimal to contain only with their own kind.

Breeding of fish: fertilization is internal, the female lays fully formed fry.

Sex differences: males are smaller than females and they have gonopodia.

Caviar development: from the moment of fertilization - 4-5 weeks.

Offspring: 30-80 fry.

Feeding juveniles: fry are very voracious, starter food - brine shrimp nauplii, microworms, cut oligochaetes, small cyclops, etc.

Jumping from parents: a pregnant female, ready to spawn fry, is placed in a spawning grounds with thickets of small-leaved plants. After the end of spawning, it is returned to the general aquarium.