The Butterfly Goodeid (Ameca splendens), is a great fish for a community tank with large fish like cichlids.
The Butterfly Goodeid should not be kept with long finned fish because they can nip at them. This fish originates from Mexico and is found in highland streams and rivers. This species is becoming extinct in the wild. It can reach 13cm in length and is a live bearer. Some success has been had with breeding these fish in the aquarium. The females are larger than thee males however the males are more colourful.
Although this species is becoming extinct in the wild there are plenty of aquariums around the world who are breeding them. This fish likes to swim n the middle levels of the tank and will happily eat frozen, flake or live food. It prefers a temperature of between 25-30 degrees centigrade and will benefit from soft and acidic to hard and alkaline water.
The Butterfly Goodeid will benefit from a vegetable diet.