Common name: Lyretail Killifish
Scientific name: Aphyosemion Australe
Average Adult Fish Size: 2.5 inches / 6 cm
Place of Origin: Africa – Angola, Gabon, Cameroon and Congo
Typical Tank setup: Well planted aquarium with a lot of hiding places, the more densely planted the better. Good for a planted aquarium due to peaceful temperament.
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 20 gallon / 80 litre
Compatibility: Perfect for the community fish tank although species only nano aquarium would be good.
Temperature: 69 – 75 Deg. F / 21 – 24 Deg. C
Water chemistry: pH 6.0 – 7.0
Feeding: Killifish will accept most live foods such as brine shrimp, white worms, tubifex, and some dry flake and frozen foods.
Sexing: The males of this species are more brightly coloured than the females.
Breeding: They lay a few eggs each day during the breeding period. They then rest for a while before entering a new breeding cycle. Coconut fibre makes for good breeding substrate. The eggs will hatch after around 5 weeks. The fry grows very fast and is recommended to feed them on brine shrimp.
Additional Information: Excellent fish where the focus of the aquarium may be plants due to their peaceful nature and interesting behaviour.