Aphyosemion coeleste , Huber & Radda, 1977.
Origin: Southern Gabon & south-west Congo.
Etymology: coeleste(L.): refers to the blue color of the body
Synonyms: Haplochilus cameronensis non Boulenger 1903; Pellegrin 1930
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Siluriformes Family: Cyprinodontidae subfamily: Ancistrinae
First European import: 1979 by J.H.Huber.
Description: See picture. Variable species, coloration depends on origin. The fish in the top picture comes from Titi.
Care: Can be kept in small species tanks, or combined with fish that have similar requirements. A typical setup is to have a 5 cm layer of peat on the bottom, a low pH and soft water, subdued light and a little bit of filtration(usually sponge fiters). For plants some floating plants(Pistia, Salvinia) and javamoss are usefull and nice.
Feeding: Live food only
Size: up to 4.5 cm
Breeding: Seasonal spawning fish. The fish will spawn in the peat on the bottom of the tank. Eggs should be removed and kept dry for a period of tie.
Sexual dimorphism: Males much more colorfull than the females
Prices: These fish are not available in the shops. Try to obtain them through your National Killifish Association.
Picture references: Picture 1: E. Naus
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