Origin: USA, From North-Carolina to Florida.
Etymology: After the origin of the fish, the Everglades.
First European import: Germany, 1925, by A. Rachow.
Description: See pictures.
Care: Elassoma evergladei can be kept in very small tanks in pairs, or in groups in 40 cm tanks or more. Tank setup should be as follows, sandy or no soil, no heater, and densely planted preferably in combination with driftwood and stones. The males will establish small territoria, and defend them against intruders. Water shouldn't be too soft, and neutral to slightly alkaline. The fish can be combined well with Tanichthys albonubes and Corydoras paleatus for example. A bit of sunlight is highly appreciated.
Temperature: 10-30 degrees
Feeding: Small live and frozen food, algae.
Size:up to 3.5 cm.
Breeding: In a setup as described in the care section the fish will usually spawn regularly, although they require a cold period prior to breeding. Up to 60 eggs are deposited between plants, which will atch in 2-3 days. Parents do not eat the fry.
Sexual dimorphism: Males darker, almost black sometimes, females a bit larger, and more pale.
Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
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