Black chin livebearer Girardinus metallicus

Viviparous or Live bearing fish - Mollies, Platties, Guppies
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Black chin livebearer Girardinus metallicus

Post by Rabid Raisin » Sat Jan 27, 2018 14:30 pm

Saw these in a garden centre yesterday. I'd not heard of it before.

22-27'C
6.5-8 pH
8-20 dH

M 30-40mm
F 40-60mm

all details from Seriouslyfish.

Seemed active and prettier than the photos show.

I assume that is a female followed by 2x m in the 1st pic.

(A lot of garden centres in Devon/Cornwall have an aquatics section as we don't have the population for pukka fish shops).
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Re: Black chin livebearer Girardinus metallicus

Post by Gingerlove05 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 15:28 pm

They’re unusual, i dont think i’ve ever seen them.
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Post by scoobiemandan » Sat Jan 27, 2018 15:29 pm

Interesting, never heard of them myself either!  Metallic Livebearer is their common name by all accounts.
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Post by Sonic » Sat Jan 27, 2018 16:31 pm

I bought some of these from my local MA a year or so ago. Had them for about 8 months and they were breeding like guppys. Then for some reason I started to lose them and sooner or later they were all gone. Very pretty active fish with males constantly chasing the females.

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Post by PJN » Sat Jan 27, 2018 17:53 pm

Oooh they're quite pretty!

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Post by DoubleDutch » Sat Jan 27, 2018 20:27 pm

Nice!!!! Aren't those an endangered species in the wild ?

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Post by Astevens4 » Sat Jan 27, 2018 21:18 pm

Rabid Raisin link wrote: Saw these in a garden centre yesterday. I'd not heard of it before.

22-27'C
6.5-8 pH
8-20 dH

M 30-40mm
F 40-60mm

all details from Seriouslyfish.

Seemed active and prettier than the photos show.

I assume that is a female followed by 2x m in the 1st pic.

(A lot of garden centres in Devon/Cornwall have an aquatics section as we don't have the population for pukka fish shops).
I know someone in Portsmouth was breeding and selling them. I'd really want a species specific tank if i was breeding those or i would have bought some!

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Re: Black chin livebearer Girardinus metallicus

Post by plankton » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:51 am

They are nice.
Part of the poecilia family and more closely related to to the Knife-edged livebearer.
I think you need very slow flow, slower than most livebearers, must be hard water, but ph doesn't matter (although it probably does for the ratio of males to females when the fry are dropped).
Varied, all-round diet.
They will interbreed with other peocilia.
I don't think they're on the "red list" at this time.
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