Aphyosemion australe , n, 19
Synonyms:Haplochilus calliurus var. australis, Haplochilus calliurus, Panchax polychromus, Panchax australe
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Cyprinodontiformes Family: Aplocheilidae (Rivulines), subfamily: Aplocheilinae
First European import: Germany, 1913, by J. Wolmer
Description: See picture(s), variable species, many breeding forms exist.
Care: Peacefull species that is easy to keep in a well planted tank, with slightly acidic and soft to medium hard water. Not too much light and some hiding places complete the setup. The tank shouldn't be too small, minimum 50 cm, and the co-inhabitants, if any, should be peacefull and quiet fish.
Temperature: 21-24 °C
Feeding: Omnivorous, although best fed with live food.
Size: Up to 6 cm
Breeding: In a small tank, with little light, a well fed breeding pair will deposit 10-20 eggs daily in cotton fiber or fine leaved plants like Cabomba. The eggs take approximately 2 weeks to hatch, after which it's best to remove the parents from the tank. The eggs do not require a period of (dry) rest
Sexual dimorphism:Males much more colorfull, females with rounded tail.
Prices: netherlands: 2-3€
Additional: Can live up to 3 years in an aquarium.
Picture references: All pictures: E. Naus
H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click
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