Aphyosemion cameronense BSW 99/21, n, 19
Origin: Congo, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.
Etymology: cameronense(L.): from Cameroon
Synonyms: Haplochilus cameronensis, Panchax microstomus, Panchax escherischi
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Cyprinodontiformes Family: Aplocheilidae (Rivulines) subfamily: Aplocheilinae
First European import: Germany, 1968(?), by Scheel
Description: See picture. Several subspecies are known, Aphysemion cameronense halleri, Aphysemion cameronense haasi, Aphysemion cameronense obscurum.
Care: Difficult fish, even for experienced keepers. Very frequent waterchanges, well planted large tank and a good (peat-) filtration system are required. Dark tank, lots of plants and hideouts(driftwood, coconutshells), dark soil. Soft, slightly acidic water and lower temperatures are required.
Temperature: 18-22 °C
Feeding: Live food only, much of hte difficulty in keeping the fish is related with propely feeding the fish. Lots of insects(drosophila, mosquitos) and little or no food with a high fat content(Tubifex).
Size: Up to 5 cm
Breeding: If keeping is succesfull the fish are not to difficult to spawn. Will spawn in spawningmops, eggs hatch in ?, fry can immdiately be fed artemia nauplii.
Sexual dimorphism: Males much more colorful.
Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985):
Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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