Philypnodon sp
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Philypnodon sp

Common Names: Dwarf Flathead Gudgeon
Family: Eleotrididae
Category: OthersFW
Distribution: Australia; The Dwarf Flathead Gudgeon is found in slow moving freshwater regions of rivers and streams in southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and eastern South Australia. Commonly found in the Murray Darling drainage system.
Main Ecosystem: Stream; Stream
Temperament: Peaceful; The Dwarf Flathead Gudgeon is a peaceful fish, but may nip the fins of fancy or long finned fish. May become timid or reclusive if in the presence of larger fish or threatening fish.
Diet: Carnivore; In its natural environment, this Gudgeon will feed on small inverts, insect larvae and the fry of other fish. In captivity they will not readily accept dry foods, but will consume frozen or live foods readily.
Care: They are a relatively hardy species, like a lot of other Australian native fish. But will benefit greatly in pristine water.
6.5 - 7.8
16°C - 26°C
61°F - 79°F
5 dH - 16 dH
Potential Size: Male: 5cm (2")
Female: 5cm (2")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are easy to identify, as they have brighter markings of red in their first and sometimes second dorsal fin, also at times in their caudal fin. Males will develop red to orange colourations around the bottom jaw and gills. Females are generally drab in their colouration. Males will also grow to a larger size of up to 5 cm and females will reach usually 3 cm.
Breeding: Breeding of the Dwarf Flathead Gudgeon in the home aquarium has not been reported. If kept in dams or large outdoor ponds, it has been known for them to breed.
Comments: This fish is known to be kept in outdoor ponds in the warmer regions of Australia to reduce the abundance of mosquitos, and are best kept with small, peaceful fish, without long flowing fins.
Main Colours: Brown, Orange
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Upturned
Tail: Convex
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Submitted By: Gomer
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