Aphyosemion striatum, (Boulenger), 1911
Red Striped Killie
Origin: Northwestern Gabon, Mbei, Komo, Gabon, Abanga and lower Ogowe river drainages; lower Mitémele river drainage in southern Equatorial Guinea.
Etymology: striatum(L.): striped
Synonyms: Haplochilus striatus
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) Order: Cyprinodontiformes Family: Aplocheilidae (Rivulines), , subfamily: Aplocheilinae
First European import: 1961(?)
Description: See picture.
Care: Aphyosemion striatum is not a seasonal fish, which makes it one of the easy killifish to keep and breed. Frequent waterchanges, slightly acidic not too hard water, some floating plants and some plantgroups in the back of the tank are required. A dark soil will increase the colors fo the fish. These fish can be kept in pairs in small tanks, or in groups in larger tanks.
Feeding: Live and frozen food is accepted.
Size: Up to 6.0 cm.
pH: 6.0 - 7.0; dGH: 2.0 - 12.0
Breeding: Requires soft(below 5 dGH), and slightly acidic water to breed. A pair can breed for several weeks, and can lay up to 30 eggs per day. The eggs will be attached to plants with a thread, and hatch after 10-15 days. Fry are quite large, and can immediately be fed artemia nauplii
Sexual dimorphism: Males are colorful, females are olive green.
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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