Lepomis marginatus

Common Names: Dollar sunfish
Synonyms: Pomotis marginatus
Family: Centrarchidae
Category: OthersFW
Distribution: Pacific - North; South Eastern USA.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Territorial; Non-aggresive community tank mate. Will chase males of own kind. Swims in short bursts often stopping sharply displaying full finage. Teritorial during spawning.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: Live brine shrimp, ghost shrimp, snails, crayfish, insects and fish. Will eat frozen foods and dried blood worms, red mosqito larvae. Provide these fish with a varied diet and they become quite vibrant. A densly planted tank is beneficial. No other special needs are required.
7 - 7.8
16°C - 28°C
61°F - 82°F
8 dH - 12 dH
Potential Size: Male: 13cm (5.1")
Female: 13cm (5.1")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Mature males have iridescent blue spots and markings, longer dorsal and anal fins.
Breeding: As with most sunfish, said species requires a cooling period (2 weeks at a relatively cool temperature, then a gradual increase in temperature, accented with heavy feeding and longer photoperiod), which is not to say that a chiller is necessary provided they are housed in a reasonably cool area. Males will ggaurd the fry with vigor.
Comments: This species is very well suited to the Aquarium and has been ignored for so long that he has practically disappeared from many texts.
Main Colours: Brown, Silver
Markings: Spots Small
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Not Specified
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