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Peacock Gudgeon
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Peacock Gudgeon (Tateurndina ocellicauda)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Red, White
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-77° F, KH 5-12, pH 7.0-7.8
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Captive-Bred - Asia
Family Eleotridae
Minimum Tank Size 15 gallons
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Overview

The Peacock Gudgeon sports a gorgeous array of electric colors. With its magnificent, multi-colored markings and distinct, peduncle "eye spot," it is easy to see why it is named after the vibrantly colored peacock. Though small in size, the Peacock Gudgeon is big on traits appealing to both beginning and experienced hobbyists. The Peacock Gudgeon is a colorful, peaceful, and easy-to-care-for addition to the community aquarium, planted aquarium, or biotope aquarium. The Peacock Gudgeon offers the seasoned hobbyists the excitement of breeding these gorgeous fish.

Proper care in a well- decorated or well- aquarium with good filtration can encourage this fish to spawn in the home aquarium. Male Peacock Gudgeons are larger than their female counterparts, have rounded heads, and develop cephalic humps. Female Peacock Gudgeons are smaller with slightly more streamlined features. When female Peacock Gudgeons are ready to spawn, a prominent yellow patch develops on their abdomen. When ready to spawn, these egg-layers will clean out a selected spawning site in rockwork, cave, PVC pipes, flowerpots, and other niches. Once the eggs are laid, the male Peacock Gudgeon will defend the eggs until they hatch.

Offer Peacock Gudgeons a varied diet including quality prepared foods such as flake foods, as well as frozen or freeze-dried foods. Meaty, protein-rich foods like bloodworms and brine shrimp can encourage spawning.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

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Customer Testimonials

Mike A Gerogetown , TX
These fish are peaceful, colorful and unique while at the same time being extremely easy to care for. They also breed readily in most aquariums, so I really don't understand why you don't see this fish more often. They do tend to turn their nose up at flake food, but frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp are not expensive or hard to find. If you can offer some live food occasionally, they will appreciate this. Peacock Gudgeons add a lot of color and interest without breaking the bank. They are an excellent choice for nearly any community tank. Highly recommended.
Wesley B Seattle , WA
I'm absolutely in love with these little fish. This picture does not show how beautiful and intricately colorful both the males and females are. Their behavior is fascinating as well. They are a peaceful and curious fish. I don't understand why they aren't more popular. Buy a few; you won't be disappointed.
Troy R Louisville , KY
I have two of these amazing colorful fish (m/f). These fish are extremely peaceful and do great in a community tank. At first they wouldn't eat flake food but eventually if they are hungry enough they will begin to munch on flakes and take them regularly. Highly recommended this beautiful fish but must have a pair since they stick together like peanut butter and jelly (hence the name I gave them).
Chris S Frederick , OH
Have two of these in my 90 gallon planted tank and they are doing great. Been in here for about 10 months and are eating blood worms and brine shrimp. They are always perched on the driftwood or swimming in front of the tank with the other fish. Great addition!
John B Tampa , FL
I bought a pair of these for an initial stocking of a 60 gallon aquarium. And they're difficult to train in such a big tank. However, I love them! They are picky eaters to say the least. Not having any luck with flaked food. And in a tank that big, if I add blood worms, they just don't find them. Additionally (and traditionally), these guys like a bit more still water with less current. I have found tubifex stuck to the glass works well. I haven't tried a turkey baster with blood worms or other small food, injecting in front of their path. Right now, mine are just eating the tubifex. Ok, feeding out of the way. They sleep in the back of my aquarium, behind rocks or decor. Other than that, they are front in center or off to the side and are very playful fish. My bigger guy chases and gets chased by a dwarf gourami. Sometimes he'll pal around with the gourami. And that's just fun to watch! They are semi-interactive. But love to people and cat watch. Both will hang out in the currents, which shocked me! And both will swim against the current and play out there. I highly recommend these guys. And they would be a must have in a smaller, peaceful, community tank. 60 gallons may be a bit much when trying to get them used to a getting schedule. Other than that, they're colorful and fun!
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