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Aphyosemion australe
Cape Lopez lyretail, Lyretailed killifish
(Rachow) 1921

Aphyosemion australe - Cape Lopez lyretail, Lyretailed killifish - The
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.

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Congo (DRC), Gabon, Angola, Congo (Rep.)

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Males are brightly coloured with fin filaments. Females are a pale grey/brown.

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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

Have you bred Aphyosemion australe? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Aphyosemion australe breeding reports








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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

The biggest killer of tropical fish is overfeeding. Uneaten food decays and pollutes the water, even with adequate filtration. Adult fish should remain unfed one day each week, and almost all commonly available species will be completely fine if unfed during a two week vacation


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