Common Name: Neon Blue Daisy’s Rice Fish, Daisy’s Blue Killifish
Origin: Sulawesi – Indonesia
Diet: Fine ground flake food; Frozen: baby brine shrimp, daphnia
Size: Males 1 inch, Females 1 inch.
Water Conditions: pH 6.0 to 7.5
Water temperature: 74 to 80 degrees F.
Introduced: Parenti & Hadiaty – 2010; named for Daisy Wowor from Java, Indonesia who collected and photographed the first fish
Sexing: Adult males have more color, will have longer dorsal and anal fins and a slimmer body shape.
Breeding: Females may produce batches of 20 to 30 eggs every few days. Spawning will occur in early morning and eggs will be deposited in the fine leaves of plants such as Cabomba. Parents should be removed and eggs will hatch in one to three weeks; depending on temperature. Fry will eat Paramecium or other microscopic food. After one week baby brine shrimp may be fed. Fry will eat smaller siblings as they grow.
Behavior: Daisy’s Blue Rice fish are a very peaceful, small community fish. It is best to keep them in a heavily planted tank with other fish such as Threadfin or furcata rainbows, honey gouramis, neon tetras or celestial (galaxy) rasboras. Small corydoras or otocinclus may also be used. Several females should be present for the males to show optimum color.