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White Pearl Fish

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White Pearl Fish

Nematolebias whitei

76 Litres (20 US G.)

7-8 cm (2.8-3.1")




6.5 - 7.0

15.6-20°C (60 -68 °F)

1-10 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

0.5-1 years



This animal is available captive bred

Additional names

White Pearl Fish, Rio Pearlfish, White's Pearlfish

Additional scientific names

Cynolebias whitei, Pterolebias elegans, Cynolebias elegans, Simpsonitchys whitei

Origin[edit | edit source]

Coast of Brazil, near Sao Paulo

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are brightly coloured, while the smaller females tend to be brownish-grey with a large black dot on the flanks.

Breeding[edit | edit source]

To spawn these fish, you need to first feed them live food to induce spawning, then spawn them in a seperate tank with peat moss, which they deposit the eggs on. Then, collect the peat moss, where the eggs are now on. Dry, seal tight in a sanwich bag, and store on a shelf. After three months, replace the peat moss in a tank, where they will hatch. Fry are big enough to accept brine shrimp.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]


Diet[edit | edit source]

Prefers live foods such as bloodworm, daphnia, mosquito larvae, glassworm and whiteworm.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]


Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Planted tanks

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

Mixes well with suitable tankmates

Identification[edit | edit source]

An attractive fish. Elongated with a dark brown/black body covered in small white iridescent spots. These continue into the fins where there is also some banding. The dorsal and anal fins have fin extensions (most evident in the males).

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