Origin : West Africa (Guinea)
Temperature: 74-77° F (23-25°C)
Ease of keeping : Easy
Agressivness : Not aggressive
Lighting : Subdued
Size : 2.5-3″ (6-7.5cm)
Minimum Tank Size: 2 Gallon
Food: Live (Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Daphnia) or Frozen
Spawning: Spawning Mops
Comments: These are a very colorful and easy to keep type of non-annual Killifish from Western Africa. Being Killifish, they are sexually dimorphic, the males have all the color while the females are drab (brown). They have a lifespan of 3-4 years, the same as many types of tetras. I would recommend these to the hobbyist looking to branch out into Killifish. If you can keep neon tetras, you can keep these fish.
A pair can be kept in a small aquarium, but they will do better as a couple pairs in a larger aquarium (2 or 3 pairs in a 10 gallon). The tank should have subdued lighting and should be well planted, especially with Java Moss. These are a fish that likes to spend most of their time hiding in a tangle of Java Moss, but will come out at feeding time. Keeping more than one pair also makes them more sociable. They like clean water, so small weekly water changes should be performed. I change 10% of the water 1-2 times a week.
Feeding is not difficult, just be sure to give them a variety of meaty foods. Live foods such as brine shrimp, baby brine shrimp blackworms and daphnia are all relished foods. They accept frozen foods rather readily as well. Frozen bloodworms and glassworms being preferred. Frozen beefheart can be used, but this should be used sparingly. I would not recommend using flake food for these fish.
Breeding is not difficult either and they can be very prolific. They will lay eggs among plants, but spawning mops should be provided as I find they prefer them. The mops can be pulled and the eggs collected to rear separately or the eggs can be left to develop in the parents tank. Assuming the parents are kept well fed, they are not cannibalistic to the fry. The fry are easy to raise and can take newly hatched brine shrimp upon hatching. Though, usually, you won’t see them for the first few days. Often, they will hide in the Java Moss and eat microscopic foods that colonize in the moss. It takes about 2 months before you can tell the males from females and about 6 months to get to breeding age.
If you can find them, they are rewarding and enjoyable to keep. Their ease of breeding ensures that even when the parents are gone, you still have their babies. And they serve to show that not all Killifish are short lived and difficult to keep.