Aphyosemion cyanostictum, n, 19
Origin:Gabon,the Ivindo river drainage system
Etymology: cyanostictum(L.): with blue spots
Synonyms: Diapteron cyanostictum
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Cyprinodontiformes Family: Aplocheilidae (Killifishes), subfamily: Aplocheilinae
First European import: Germany, 1972, by Herzog and Bochler.
Description: See picture.
Care: Even more difficult than beautiful! best kept in a 60 cm well planted species tank. In such a setup several pairs can be kept together, provided the tank is well planted and frequent small waterchanges are performed. Filtration over peat, not too much current in the tank.
Temperature: 20-22 °C
Feeding: Small live and frozen food.
Size: Up to 6.5 cm
Breeding: Well kept fish spawn regularly. Up to 30 eggs are laid in a 24 hour period if a pair is placed together in a breeding tank, but in a continuous setup the number of eggs is much lower. The eggs hatch in approximately a week, and the fry can immediately be fe on Artemia nauplii.
Sexual dimorphism: Male more colorfull, females have less spots and are more pale.
Picture references:Picture 1: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book), Fishbase.
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