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Cape Lopez lyretail, Lyretailed killifish
The 'gold' strain of Aphyosemion australe
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(Other members of the genus Aphyosemion)
ADULT SIZE: 6 cm
WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-28 C
FOOD: Feed Aphyosemion australe small live-foods and fine grade dried foods. All killifish appreciate livefoods, either living or frozen.
SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Males are brightly coloured with fin filaments. Females are a pale grey/brown.
Current price: $16.00
Time left: 29m
AQUARIUM CARE: This is probably the worlds favourite killifish. It is easy to keep (if kept alone or with gentle fish), usually easy to breed, and a stunning addition to a dark well planted aquarium. The most common 'gold' or 'orange' strain is actually a line bred albino, and does not occur in the wild, but what a beautiful fish!
Killifish can be timid, and generally do best in a species tank
BREEDING: An easy mop spawner. This species will also breed in small numbers in a well-planted, well-fed tank. Failure to breed the species is usually a result of too-young parents, rather than environmental factors. Breeding may be easier in softer, more acidic water, but they will breed in most non-extreme conditions