Aphyosemion gardneri, Boulenger, 1911
Origin: Nigeria, Cameroun. The fish occur in savannah as well as in rainforest waters.
Synonyms:Fundulus gardneri, Fundulopanchax gerdneri
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Family: Cyprinodontidae, subfamily: Rivulinae
First European import: Germany, 1913
Description: See picture.
Care: In a 50 cm tank a couple, or a male with several females kan be kept. Create a lot of hideouts, and add some floating plants to the tank. Soft and slightly acidic water is required. A combination of a peat layer in the tank, and filtration over peat creates the proper environment.The fish are somewhat aggressiv, and jump well.
Feeding: Carnivorous, flake food isn't accepted.
Size:Up to 6 cm.
Breeding: Best bred in a continuous setup. A tank as described in the care section with a suitble couple will regularly lay eggs. Usually this is done on plants, or on spawning mops. The eggs hatch after 2-3 weeks.
Sexual dimorphism: Males more colorful.
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)
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