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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.

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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