Archive for the ‘Nothobranchius’ Category
I initially bought a pair and a trio of Nothobranchius sp. Messalo River MZHL 05-12 from the BKA convention in October 2006 – they were were not small fish, but despite their size, had practically no colouration in the BKA show tanks (see picture, right) . Once set up at home, in a darkish tank with some floating plants, the males ‘switched on’ their colours.
The fish did well, laying huge numbers of eggs, many of which were distributed in the UK. When my first bag was ready I had a lot of tank space, and so raised a LOT of fry.
Its hard to say what your favourite killifish species are… but in my top 5 would have to be Nothobranchius furzeri; i’ve been keeping the Gona-Re-Zhou furzeri on and off for some time now, a long with other Mozambique collections since they became available in 1999.
And what an interesting animal. Furzeri actually holds the record of shortest living vertebrate – you’re pretty lucky if the fish live past 6 months old. Its also one of the longest kept strains in the killifish hobby, having been imported into America once in 1969 – and still going strong almost 40 years later.
It is regarded as one of the more difficult species to maintain long-term, but this need not be the case, if a few simple steps are taken.