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The Golden Skiffia Splitfin Goodeid is very unique livebearer that is unfortunately extinct in the wild, but preserved in the aquarium hobby!
The Golden Skiffia Splitfin Goodeid (Skiffia francesae) is a very unique livebearer that thrives in the heavily planted community aquarium. Mature males develop a distinct body shape and coloration, and females are larger in size. Both sexes exhibit a silver body, but mature males develop distinct gold and iridescent coloration as well. This species is native to Mexico, where it is now declared extinct, but it fortunately has been preserved by tank-breeding by many aquarists.
The Golden Skiffia Splitfin Goodeid typically occupies the top and middle level of the water column, although it can often be seen swimming and feeding in the bottom level as well. This fish is not afraid to jump, so it must be kept in an aquarium with either a lid/hood/canopy or at least a significantly lowered water level. It will not eat or bother ornamental plants. Males can sometimes be boisterous, so this fish should only be kept with other species that are durable and of comparable size. Larger, peaceful invertebrates can also potentially make good tankmates. This fish will exhibit its best coloration in a heavily planted aquarium with dark substrate. It should also be kept in a group with multiple males and females. The Golden Skiffia Splitfin Goodeid is best kept in groups in neutral to hard water. It typically will not thrive in very soft water.
While not a picky eater, the Golden Skiffia will thrive and remain very colorful on a varied diet of omnivorous foods that are rich in spirulina or other nutritious vegetable matter since it naturally feeds on algae as a major part of its diet. High-quality and flake food, pellets, and frozen foods will all be readily accepted.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Distinctive coloration, especially in males
- Less common than many other related livebearers
- Hardy and adaptable
- Excellent for inhabiting the top of the aquarium
- Thrives in the planted aquarium
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 70° - 81° F (21° - 27° C)
- pH: 7.0 - 8.0
- KH: 2 - 35 dKH
- Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons for a medium group
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- Diet: Omnivorous. Will easily accept high quality dry and frozen foods and requires plenty of vegetable matter.
- Social Behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Mexico
- Average Adult Size: Up to 2 inches (5 cm), females are larger
- Average Purchase Size: 1-1.5 inch (2.5 - 3.8 cm)