Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Victoria, Australia
I can't help with your question about 'The Fish Wizards', but I've kept and bred Aphyosemion australe in the past, and all I can say is that the poor availability of killifish in Australia, is probably the only reason I never made the switch from solely keeping wilds to solely keeping killifish. That's how much I like them.
I found A. australe easy to feed, easy to breed, and there were certainly no issues with shyness there. My males would even put on a show if I showed them the mirror. You will find males kept alone will develop much longer filaments (I think that's the term) on their caudal fins than males kept in groups, and as with livebearers, you are better to have at least two females to every one male.
Like wilds they do jump, so will need a covered aquarium. It can also take some practice to get a decent hatch rate with the killifish, but unlike wilds, A. australe fry will take powdered foods right from the start (I like to use Sera Micron).
I think A. australe is the perfect species for someone wanting to make the jump to killifish. They are very forgiving and there are a number of different strains.