Aphyosemion occidentalis, , 19
Origin:Sierra Leone, in rainforest and Savanna waters.
Synonyms: Roloffia occidentalis
First import: 1911
Care: Keep Aphyosemion occidentalis in a 70 cm tank minimum, with a peaty soil, and densely planted sides and back of the tank. Floating plants are necessary to reduce the light since the fish dislike strong lighting, and will be less colorfull in brightly lit tanks. Waterchemistry, soft(below 6dGH) slightly acidic to neutral water shoul be used. Aphyosemion occidentalis will inhabit the lower and middle regions of a tank. The males can be aggressiv towards another, in smaller tanks only a single male should be kept.
Feeding: Usually only live food is accepted, especially mosquito larvae and small insects.
Size: Up to 9 cm
Breeding: Eggs are deposited in peat on the bottom of the tank. Remove the peat from the tank and keep it for a period of time in a bag. After that reintroduce the peat to a tank with fresh water and the fry will hatch from the eggs.
Sexual dimorphism: Males much more colorfull than the females.
Picture references:All pictures 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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