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Aphyosemion cameronense BSW 99/21
Aphyosemion cameronense BSW 99/21, n, 19
Common name

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

pH: 6.0-6.5

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.

Prices: Unknown

Additional:

Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus

References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1985): Aquarien Atlas II. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.
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