After wild bettas, killifish are my favourite species of fish. However, I hadn't had the chance to own any up until last weekend. I now own two pairs, have a third I'm picking up Sunday and am more than likely going to be ordering two separate lots of eggs from online.
Just wondering if anyone else here keeps/breeds killies?
I am hoping to make up some spawning mops this Saturday and will have to see how that goes. Unfortunately, in Australia we are limited on available species due to quarantine regulations.
Anyway, here's some photos of my Aphyosemion australe. I just moved my other pair into a new tank so they are still a little camera shy. He's only around 2 inches so not very big at all.
One of the females. The male likes hogging my attention as you can see from his nose coming down into view.
Omg so cute! :3
Are these the kind whos eggs dry out?
I've seen photos of them, and just my opinion but some of the incredibly bright, colors that don't match look horrible D: it's like neon fish.
Can you post a photo of their whole tank? I love the way your tanks look :D
These ones are mop spawners and non-annuals, so they live for around 3 years. I do have peat over the sandy substrate, but this is to add tannins and make them feel more comfortable.
The bright colours really pop in tannin-stained or murky water, which is important when you need to find a mate and only have nine months to live. Unfortunately, most of those guys are off limits here as quarantine doesn't let the peat/soil they come in through apparently.
I will get a shot of the whole tank once everyone wakes up here. Pretty uninmpressive ATM though. Just some IAL, floating ambulia and a chunk of root-looking driftwood.
I am intending on building a riparium or paludarium using peace lillies, ferns and anubias afzelii emersed to mimic an African river bank.
Yeah, it's kind of sad, from what I've read most of them never really hatch because killifish are naturally hard to handle, they need water peramaters perfect and large tanks, let alone newbies raising them from eggs to fry and up. The kits come with brine shrimp food for the fry and that's about it. But for someone who knew what they where doing I think it would be a good project and very rewarding.
<--- Guilty as charged on the animals as toys thing.. I have seamonkeys. *shame*
Yeah, the reviews were bad, almost no one got them to grow, so I'm sure there where a lot of disappointed kids. Thankfully kids don't get as attached to eggs as they do live fish. When I was hatching my seamonkeys my daughter was kind of indifferent when there where no babies after a week. Now, after we've had seamonkeys for a year, she would probably be really upset if they died.
There where a few experienced breeders that where successful, though, and I think that's the only reason I would get the kit. I've bred Angelfish before, but they're nothing at all like Killifish or betta. I would like trying my hand at the My BFF eggs, but only after doing the research and getting the right setup. The adults I saw where just amazing!