Priapella olmecae

10. April 2012

Priapella olmecae

For the first time ever we have this beautiful livebearer in stock. The genus Priapella currently comprises 6 described species, of which P. intermedia and P. compressa are found occasionally in the ornamental fish trade. All Priapella species are surface dwellers that live in the wild in comparatively strong current. Here they swim in swarms, head against the current and jump for small insects that form the biggest part of their natural diet. The blue eyes of all species are very conspicuous. They shine so brightly that one is reminded of the lampeyes of the genus Aplocheilichthys.

Keeping these nice fish in a home aquarium is not difficult at all. However, they should be always kept in groups. The fish are very peaceful. The tank should be well lightened and filtered, the water temperature should be between 21 and 26°C. Medium hard to hard water and a pH over 7.5 is preferred. Priapella olmecae feeds readily on any usual food for ornamental fish, but never from the bottom. Plants are not harmed by this species.

For our customers: the fish have code 444513 on our stocklist. Available in limited numbers only! Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.

Lexicon: Priapella: means “tiny penis”, referring to the male‘s gonopodium. intermedia: means “in between”. compressa: means ” compressed”. olmecae: refers to the indigenous people in Mexico, the Olmecs. Aplocheilichthys: means “fish that is similar to Aplocheilus”; Aplocheilus is another genus of fish.

Common name: Olmecan Blue-Eye

Text & photos: Frank Schäfer

Angaben zum Tier
Herkunft Nachzucht / bred
Verfügbare Größe in cm 4-5