General DescriptionThe males have larger and more colourful tails.
DistributionAntigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Brazil, Guyana, Netherlands Antilles, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.
They have also been introduced to many other countries.
Size2 inches (5 cm)
Life span3 - 5 years
DifficultyEasy, a good freshwater fish for beginners
BehaviourPeaceful and very active. They mix well with other fish.
Tank Size5 gallon or larger
Tank RegionMostly middle to top
Temperature66F - 84F (19C - 29C)
DietOmnivore - will eat many food items including flakes, pellets and live foods.
ReproductionEasy. They are livebearers and the young must be separated from the adults to prevent them being eaten.
pH7 - 8