Spotted Blue Eyes ( Pseudomugil gertrudae 'Etty Bay')
Shows a preference for shallow, marginal zones of heavily-vegetated, slow-moving or standing waters of creeks, small streams, lakes, billabongs, and swamps, and is often found among macrophytes, submerged woody structures such as fallen branches or tree roots, or leaf litter.
At some localities the water is stained dark brown with tannins and has very low pH and dissolved nutrients, while at others it may be transparent.
In both cases the most favourable habitats feature surface vegetation of some kind, either floating or growing up from the substrate.
Feeds chiefly on floating or suspended zooplankton, phytoplankton, and invertebrates in nature, and in the aquarium must be offered items of a suitable size.
Ideally much of the diet should comprise live foods such as Daphnia, Moina, Artemia nauplii, micro worm, etc., although small/crushed floating dried foods are also accepted.
Peaceful but unsuitable for the general community aquarium since it’s easily outcompeted and quite timid.
It’s best maintained alone or alongside fishes of comparable size, disposition, and requirements and freshwater shrimp of the genera Caridina and Neocaridina but in all cases be sure to research your choices thoroughly prior to purchase.
P. gertrudae is a shoaling species and should be kept in a group of at least 8-10 specimens, ideally more. Maintaining it in such numbers will not only make the fish less nervous but result in a more effective, natural-looking display.
Males will also display their best colours and some fascinating behaviour as they compete with one other for female attention
Love these guys so much. I originally ordered 5 and then when they settled in to the tank ok I went back and ordered 3 more. The difference in their behaviour now that they have a good sized group to hang out with is amazing! So much more confident and cheeky. They are growing fast and developing their beautiful markings. Very, very happy!
I ordered 10 of these little guys and recieved 11 healthy fish, a good mix of adult and juvenile.
Exactly as pictured.
They were packaged very well in the "breathable" bags with a heat pack.
I live in Melbourne and it was 6° the day they arrived but they all are doing well.
Very happy with my purchase and would highly recommend these guys as the customer service is great.
All turned up healthy and are stunning to look at especially when the boys are showing off can’t wait for them to join my community tank
I have never used Abquatics before. Prompt delivery and very healthy fish. I even had a bonus fish included. I will be using them again. Very happy with their product.
I purchased 5 spotted blue eyes, hoping to breed from them. One of them has a noticeably deformed spine and a hunchback. Seller was prompt and helpful, and the fish arrived alive and on time, and the plants I ordered were nice and healthy, so four stars, but I was disappointed that the fish weren’t checked before they were sent.