Killifish
Current Scientific Name:
Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus
Described: Gill, 1862
Common name(s):
Some Recorded Strains:
Lagos
Song Ndong

Breeding Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus

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4 other fishkeepers have successfully bred this species and left reports, their results are sumarised below

Method:
Spawning Mops (50%)
Adult fish removed from tank (25%)
Long term (fry appear with adults) (25%)

Water Conditions:
Moderately soft and acidic (50%)
Neutral (50%)

Temperature:
20-23°C (100%)

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Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus breeding reports

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How to keep and breed Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus

This database consists of breeding reports provided by the world killifish community, along with some statistical analysis. Results provided by successful keepers are aggregated in the bar charts below, with more detailed reports below that. Like any block of data, the larger the more significant. Please contribute a report of your attempt to breed Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus, even if you have had a negative results. You may, of course, file more than one report, particularly if you change some condition, and had a different result.

breeders have filled in breeding reports, a summary of the results are shown in the graphs below.

Would Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus be a good addition to a community tank?

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  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus?

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  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggressive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?

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  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?

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  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?

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  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus?

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  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus to keep and breed?

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  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How successful have you been at breeding Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus?

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  1. Very unsuccessful
  2. Fairly unsuccessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly successful
  5. Very successful

Very successful / fairly successful

Breeding Report: Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus
Water conditions: Neutral, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: i have been out of fishkeeping for 7 years, as i moved to england from glasgow. i had very good results and hatched many fry with minimal losses usualy down to eggs funguising i am again a member and again hoping i will be able to keep them again
Breeder: william moore, spalding/peterborough
Date this record created: 23rd January 2003
Breeding Report: Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus
Water conditions: Neutral, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: i have been out of fishkeeping for 7 years, as i moved to england from glasgow. i had very good results and hatched many fry with minimal losses usualy down to eggs funguising i am again a member and again hoping i will be able to keep them again
Breeder: william moore, spalding/peterborough
Date this record created: 23rd January 2003
Breeding Report: Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus
Location code: Lagos
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavy
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: Fed on flake with occasional live food. Best kept in a group in larger tanks with floating plant cover.
Breeder: David Baker, Maidenhead, UK
Date this record created: 9th July 2003
Breeding Report: Epiplatys sexfasciatus sexfasciatus
Location code: Song Ndong
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tank
Breeding problems: Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Almost all females
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: Loads of eggs are produced, but several are contaminated with funghi probably due to my lazy method of just removing the adult fish from the hatch tank. First young apear after 12 days. In 4 batches I got about 40 females to grow adult and just 1 male. See that other aquarists have it completely the other way round. The male had a completely different colour scheme than the father. Also the male was found in the big tank were all the adults live and was not hatched in the small tanks. So there must be a secret ingredient that balances the sex ratio. I keep on experimenting with temperature but don't know what it is yet.
Breeder: Rob Luiken, Wageningen (NL)
Date this record created: 27th July 2003