Aplocheilichthys macrophthalmus, Meinken, 1932
Origin: West-Afrika, here the fish predominantly occur in rivers in the rainforest.
Synonyms: Fundulopanchax luxophthalmus
First European import: Germanay, 1929, by the firm "Aquarium Hamburg".
Description: See pictures.
Care: Keep the fish in groups of 6 or more, best in a species tank, or with other peaceful fish with similar requirements. Water shouldn't be to soft, and slightly alkaline(pH 7-7.5). The tank doesn't have to be very large, 50 cm will suffice, and should be densely planted, although some free swimming space should be available. A bit of current is appreciated. If kept well and in the right light, the fish will show their beautiful colors.
Temperature: 22-26 degrees.
Feeding: Small live and flake food.
Size: Up to 4 cm.
Breeding: Egglayers, in a species tank as described above, the fish will spawn. To induce spawning, lower the waterlevel a bit. Eggs are very small, and hang by a tread from plant leaves. Thy will hatch in around 10-14 days, and can be fed with infusoria in the beginning. Caution, frequent waterchanges, since the fry are sensitive to infusoria.
Sexual dimorphism: Males are more colorful, and have elongated dorsal and anal fins.
Additional: Two subspecies exist, Aplocheilichthys macrophthalmus macrophthalmus, Aplocheilichthys macrophthalmus hannerzi.
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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