Killifish totally under rated in the planted aquarium???

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    cool, maybe we can use the pic for the APSA Tshirt :)
     
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    I couldn't agree more with this topic, they're totally under appreciated!!!

    I've kept some of Tyrones genetic experiments; Gardneri, Notho's and some gold and chocolate Australe. They are amazing little planted tank fish and mine lived for ages with no major issues... I really enjoyed them!

    Thanks again to the Killi-King!
     
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    I also love killies. But they are jumpers, which is why I have never kept them in my open top planted tanks.

    I'd love to try nothos sometime, perhaps when I have one job, and I'm focusing on the aquarium side of things.
     
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    Have not jumped with me, but then I'm kind to them.

    They did well in my big tetra community tank, it was just the males would get territorial and fight if there was a female in sight.., but great characters in the tank.. becoming very tame and interacting with you.
     
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    what is the standing on killis? do we now get them more frequently? i have been looking at them and would love to try incorporate some into my set up...
     
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    there actually are these fish quite often in lps. but you always walk past them in the shop as they dont really look like the fish you see online.

    we normally just see a side profile of these fish but they usually have very wide mouths.
     
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    Problems are they importing the wrong killes. You mostly see the golden wonder killi in shops.

    Good one to import and that you do see every so often is gardneri. Breeds in a planted tank very well and fry survive. Very good candidate for planted tanks
     
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    there were killies at dorry on friday, no idea which ones, not the hugest killi fan..
     
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    Re: Re: Killifish totally under rated in the planted aquarium???

    They are Neon Yellow Panchax stunning fish, they are still pretty small though. R15 a pop. Bought 6 of them one did not make it.
     
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    The best candidates are:
    Lampeyes: Lacustricola species, Poropanchax normani and Poropanchax luxophthalmus hannerzi are sometimes imported from W Africa. The former seems a regular and does well in planted tanks.
    Fundulopanchax gardneri and Aphyosemion australe. The former is sometimes called Aphyosemion as well... These also do well in planted tanks. The gardneri are tougher. If you bug your local LFS about these the odds are he can find them.

    In the mean time, see http://www.apsa.co.za/board/http://www.apsa.co.za/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2 . One of the people there should be able to put you in touch with Otto Schmidt who is breeding the gardneri.
     
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    This is the ones that Dorrys are stocking at the moment:

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    Very nice but not the best for planted tank. Mostly n top water fish
     
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    Tyrone is Otto still in the biz ? He has been very quite.

    Still growing buckets of Java moss ?
     
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    Last I visited Otto had tanks of java moss. He is very busy (the curse of retired people) and doesn't get much of a chance to clear the moss from the tanks into buckets. He has some killies still about ticking over, such as the gardneri. He may also have australe. Incidentally, he still has Neolamprologus Daffodil (happily breeding in soft CT tap water) and is overrun with Endlers.

    If you can catch him at home he is surely worth a visit. For that matter, so is Dirk.

    On a related matter: hooray! My Diapteron fulgens arrived in the mail today. One of the benefits of being in the USA.
    [​IMG] from http://killi.net/
     
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    Very nice fish Tyrone. I still have 1 male and 1 female N. Guentheri from you. Beautiful fish. Not sure how much longer they will live for...

    I need to get them into their own setup!
     
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    Been reading a couple of international forums. Several people recommend killifish for 2 gallon or 3 gallon tanks.

    Would you guys recommend this?
     
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    2 or 3 gallons is A-OK. The important thing is that there is a lid on the aquarium. If killies are unhappy they will jump.
     
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    Sweet! Been googling around a bit. Some killis are really pretty.
     

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