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Aphyosemion striatum
Striped killifish
breeding notes

BREEDING: This species is best spawned using spawning mops or a long term set up. The parents are not very predatory towards their young if they are well fed.
Eggs should be incubated in water for around two weeks, the fry being raised at first on newly hatched artemia nauplii.

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2 breeders have filled in breeding reports, a summary of the results are shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

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Would Aphyosemion striatum be a good addition to a community tank?
  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Aphyosemion striatum?
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?
  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Aphyosemion striatum? If you are unsure please leave this question unanswered.
  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Aphyosemion striatum to keep and breed?
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Aphyosemion striatum?
  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful

Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Slightly timid Community tank?: Only with species of similar size
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)Breeding problems:
Poor egg production
Sex ratio: Breeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: AverageYears Experience: 5
Other Comments: I'm having some luck in moving adult fish from tank to tank and getting fry appear naturally a few days later. Not as many fry as I would like though. I chose 'poor egg production' though it may easily be 'poor fry survival'; I just don't know
Date this record created: 19th June 2008Breeding date: 2008
Breeder: Location:

Water conditions: Neutral Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Active, but not aggresive Community tank?:
Spawning Method: Spawning MopsBreeding problems: none
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Very easy
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 4
Other Comments: I took a mop of eggs from the parent fishes tank, and placed it in an empty tank (just a few plants, and a lot of algae). There were maybe a dozen eggss Work got hectic and I forgot about them. Today I have a stunning pair in that tank - barely fed, yet magnificently colored. Going to try again, but with some artemia added!
Date this record created: 15th March 2008Breeding date: 2008
Breeder: Location:

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