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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.
 

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I've never kept them before but i had done some research before in the past.
If you wanted to breed them you might need to add some peat soil into the tank.
 

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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
 

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I too have researched them, but decided against because of our water prams here. But I just adore them :) The one you have is amazingly beautiful, I wish I could have killies like that!
 

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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.
 

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Have you ever seen the My Best Fish Friend kits? They have dried eggs of a really pretty breed of Killifish that I've heard is hard to find.
 

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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*
 

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Haha, I had these things called triops once.. bug things that came in a kit.. they're supposed to grow huge but I never had more than teeny tiny ones, then they died Dx

I think the killifish is a bad idea for kids.. besides being cruel to the fish themselves, those poor kids must feel like failures when they die Dx
 

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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!
 

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I have now increased my killifish collection by four more fish. I also have another two pairs and two sets of eggs coming my way later this week/early next week.

Here's a belated photo of two of my killifish tanks



The others are still settling in and are a little skittish.

Now I just wish I could convince my guys to get in there and use their spawning mop.
 

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I have a question. How many can I have in a 16 gallon? I have been trying to research them but I haven't found out a whole lot, Recommend any sites?
 

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I use Seriously Fish as a basic guide to stocking levels, adult size and spawning.

However, this site had more information than I could shake a stick at.

http://www.aka.org/wak/Genera_Index.htm

Off the top of my head, I believe panchax and gardneri species males can be aggressive towards each other. But don't quote me on it as I am a novice.

However, I got two eggs from my australe and two from my striatum pair in their spawning mops, so here's hoping I can get a few more!
 

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I bought two male gardneri last night! So pretty. I believe mine are blue lyretails. They are currently living in my sorority, but I have a place to rehome them to if things go pear-shaped. :)

If things are still ok in a month, when everyone moves to the 20 gallon, I will consider adding a pair of females and breeding them. Luckily the local Killi club is always on hand to consult, and the guy who bred them can give me advice. :)
 

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I am getting two adult pairs and two lots of eggs from Serkan (he goes by killieorcory on most forums), and I just enquired about a pair of chocolate australe from Jodi-Lea.

Hoping to get my blasted betta barracks finished so I can shove all my males into there and open up some more fish room space.
 

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Serkan is our local killi expert! It was his presentation, the first night at the local aquarium society, that made me want killies. :) I believe he bred the grand or great grandparents of my two boys.
 

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Haha I thought you might know him. I kept seeing his eggs and fish up on OzFishyBids and then there were three separate species in at my not so local FS so I was pretty quickly hooked.

For me, they are a sort of cross between wild bettas and splendens.
 
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