Pair of Aphyosemion australe «Cap Estérias BSWG 97-24» (Gabon)

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The fish originates from Cap Estérias, Estuaire Province, Akanda National Park, Gabon. The original specimens have been collected by T. Blum, P. Sewer, H. Weder and R. Gluggenbuehl in July and August 1997.

Breeding is relatively easy, employing a spawning method known amongst hobbyists as «egg scattering». There exist several different methods of spawning it, and much is down to personal preference. A pair can easily be spawned in a tank as small as 12″ x 8″ x 8″. It’s often recommended that it should be spawned in trios, but brood sizes tend to be lower when it’s bred this way. This is perhaps due to the fish that is not involved in the spawning activity eating some of the eggs.

Many breeders do not use filtration in killi breeding setups but the addition of a small, air-driven sponge filter is good to prevent stagnation. The water should be soft and acidic with a pH

Pair of Aplocheilus dayi «Sinharaja» (Sri Lanka)

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The Ceylon Killifish (Aplocheilus dayi) is a species of killifish endemic to Sri Lanka. Aplocheilus dayi is one of the easiest killifish to keep and breed. They will eat flake food and are content to occupy the surface of a community tank. You can start your colony having just one breeding pair. The adult fish grow up to 8 – 9 cm if kept in a spacious aquarium and fed well on varied foods preferably live ones. Both sexes have a black dot at the rear end of the base of the dorsal fin.

A group of 10 fishes can be successfully kept in a 100-liter aquarium having a large sponge filter. No other décor is really required, except for the requisite tight-fitting lid. The spawning medium is a 5 – 6 cm long mop of green yarn with a slightly coarse texture, clipped to the top of the tank for easy removal or to a floating cork. For the best result, it is recommended to feed the breeding fish with live Artemia,