Killifish

The annual fish of East Africa are amongst the most spectacular of all freshwater fish. Their colouration is intense, usually reds, yellows, oranges, and blues. As annual fish they only live for one season in the wild; likewise in the aquarium they rarely outlive one year. Most belong to the genus Nothobranchius, and hail from the East of the continent, primarily Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Mozambique, but also Zimbabwe, Namibia, Chad, Somalia, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Killifish species


Callopanchax huwaldi
Callopanchax monroviae
Callopanchax occidentalis
Callopanchax toddi
Fundulosoma thierryi
Nothobranchius albimarginatus
Nothobranchius annectens
Nothobranchius bojiensis
Nothobranchius brieni
Nothobranchius capriviensis
Nothobranchius cardinalis
Nothobranchius chochamandai
Nothobranchius eggersi
Nothobranchius elongatus
Nothobranchius fasciatus
Nothobranchius flagrans
Nothobranchius flammicomantis
Nothobranchius foerschi
Nothobranchius furzeri
Nothobranchius fuscotaeniatus
Nothobranchius geminus
Nothobranchius guentheri
Nothobranchius hassoni
Nothobranchius interruptus
Nothobranchius janpapi
Nothobranchius jubbi
Nothobranchius kafuensis
Nothobranchius kilomberoensis
Nothobranchius kirki
Nothobranchius korthausae
Nothobranchius krysanovi
Nothobranchius kuhntae
Nothobranchius lourensi
Nothobranchius lucius
Nothobranchius luekei
Nothobranchius makondorum
Nothobranchius malaissei
Nothobranchius melanospilus
Nothobranchius microlepis
Nothobranchius milvertzi
Nothobranchius neumanni
Nothobranchius nubaensis
Nothobranchius ocellatus
Nothobranchius orthonotus
Nothobranchius palmqvisti
Nothobranchius patrizii
Nothobranchius pienaari
Nothobranchius polli
Nothobranchius rachovii
Nothobranchius robustus
Nothobranchius rosenstocki
Nothobranchius rubripinnis
Nothobranchius rubroreticulatus
Nothobranchius ruudwildekampi
Nothobranchius sagittae
Nothobranchius sainthousei
Nothobranchius seegersi
Nothobranchius serengetiensis
Nothobranchius sp. Melele River MOZ 04-11
Nothobranchius sp. Messalo river MZHL 05-12
Nothobranchius sp. Nyando River KE 01-3
Nothobranchius sp. Odienya K86-9
Nothobranchius sp. Runere
Nothobranchius sp. TAN 97-21
Nothobranchius sp. TAN 97-23
Nothobranchius steinforti
Nothobranchius symoensi
Nothobranchius taeniopygus
Nothobranchius torgashevi
Nothobranchius ugandensis
Nothobranchius usanguensis
Nothobranchius virgatus
Nothobranchius vosseleri
Nothobranchius willerti
Pronothobranchius kiyawensis

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African annual fish live in temporary waters, created by seasonal rainfall, in depressions in the landscape. Sometimes these can be very small indeed barely inches of water - yet the fish survive. These waters can dry up very quickly, so it is essential that the fish can reach a reproductive age before this happens. Eggs are laid in the muddy substrate where they will survive once the water has dried up, until the next rains come. Some areas of Africa have irregular rainfall patterns and in certain conditions the eggs may survive for years, ensuring a hatch of fry whenever the rains come. The most widely kept annual killifish come from the genus Nothobranchius, which hail from east, southern and central Africa. Other genera include Fundulosoma, and Callopanchax from central to western Africa.

The primary difference between African and South American annual fish, other than the obvious geographic ranges is that South American species live in temporary pools created by the massive annual flooding of the regions rivers.

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40+ EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS Guentheri Red KILLIFISH

CHANNELVIEW, TEXAS, 77530, USA

$30.00


40 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS Guentheri Red KILLIFISH . Shipped with tracking number from the US / fast shipping Eggs are incubated properely from the moment they are collected from my fish so you will be recieving good eggs, depending on when you order they may need more incubation time to become fully developed. I include notes on that as well as tips for hatching. Incubation takes between 4 to 6 weeks at a warm temperature of around 28c if them temp is constant without any fluctuations it can be ... more

40+ EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS KILOMBEROENSIS KILLIFISH

CHANNELVIEW, TEXAS, 77530, USA

$30.00


40 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS kilomberoensis KILLIFISH . Shipped with tracking number from the US / fast shipping Eggs are incubated properely from the moment they are collected from my fish so you will be recieving good eggs, depending on when you order they may need more incubation time to become fully developed. I include notes on that as well as tips for hatching. Incubation takes between 4 to 6 weeks at a warm temperature of around 28c if them temp is constant without any fluctuations it can be ... more

40+ EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS rachovii KILLIFISH

CHANNELVIEW, TEXAS, 77530, USA

$30.00


40 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS RACHOVII KILLIFISH . Shipped with tracking number from the US / fast shipping Eggs are incubated properely from the moment they are collected from my fish so you will be recieving good eggs, depending on when you order they may need more incubation time to become fully developed. I include notes on that as well as tips for hatching. Incubation takes between 4 to 6 weeks at a warm temperature of around 28c if them temp is constant without any fluctuations it can be reduced ... more

60 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS KILLIFISH KILLI EGG HATCHING TROPICAL FISH + FOOD

BANGKOK, TH

$18.99


60 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS KILLIFISH KILLI EGG HATCHING TROPICAL FISH **Please read full Killfish manual carefully before buying** obtain the full Killfish manual by clicking the link below http: / / www.mkka.net / articles / KillifishManual.pdf Important -You can see hatch date when you receive,it's on the lid. -Ensure the temperature the area at you live,killifish eggs can't alive if The temperature is lower than 20 degrees Centigrade(68 degrees Fahrenheit) because they will cold and dead while ... more

60 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS KILLIFISH KILLI EGG HATCHING TROPICAL FISH + FOOD

BANGKOK, TH

$20.99


60 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS KILLIFISH KILLI EGG HATCHING TROPICAL FISH **Please read full Killfish manual carefully before buying** obtain the full Killfish manual by clicking the link below http: / / www.mkka.net / articles / KillifishManual.pdf Important -You can see hatch date when you receive,it's on the lid. -Ensure the temperature the area at you live,killifish eggs can't alive if The temperature is lower than 20 degrees Centigrade(68 degrees Fahrenheit) because they will cold and dead while ... more

60 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS KILLIFISH KILLI EGG HATCHING TROPICAL FISH + FOOD

BANGKOK, TH

$18.99


60 EGGS NOTHOBRANCHIUS KILLIFISH KILLI EGG HATCHING TROPICAL FISH **Please read full Killfish manual carefully before buying** obtain the full Killfish manual by clicking the link below http: / / www.mkka.net / articles / KillifishManual.pdf Important -You can see hatch date when you receive,it's on the lid. -Ensure the temperature the area at you live,killifish eggs can't alive if The temperature is lower than 20 degrees Centigrade(68 degrees Fahrenheit) because they will cold and dead while ... more