Killifish
Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri Lafia
Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri Lafia
Current Scientific Name:
Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Described: (Boulenger), 1911
Common name(s):
Some Recorded Strains:
Lafia
N'Sukka
N'Sukka Gold

Breeding Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri

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

Method:
Spawning Mops (42%)
Adult fish removed from tank (25%)
Long term (fry appear with adults) (25%)
Peat (or similar) spawning substrate (8%)

Water Conditions:
Moderately soft and acidic (42%)
Neutral (25%)
Very soft and acidic (17%)
Moderately hard and alkaline (17%)

Temperature:
20-23°C (50%)
24-27°C (50%)

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Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri breeding reports

Each record reproduced here represents one instance of breeding this species. Have you kept and bred Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri? Why not add a breeding report? If you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences

How to keep and breed Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri

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 Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri, 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 Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri 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 Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri?

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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 Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri?

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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 Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri 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 Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri?

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

Very successful / fairly successful

Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: N'Sukka
Water conditions: Neutral, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tank
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Very successful
Breeder: Dan , Rumania (25 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 17th May 2004
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: Lafia
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Very successful
Breeder: (3 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 20th May 2004
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: Lafia
Water conditions: Very soft and acidic, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Breeding problems: Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavy
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Very successful
Breeder: Jonathan, France (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 29th May 2005
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: N'Sukka
Water conditions: Neutral, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Very successful
Breeder: MotarSolitario, Portugal (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 4th June 2005
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: N'Sukka Gold
Water conditions: Very soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Very successful
Other Comments: Dead easy to breed and great starter fish. Easy to feed fry, lots of eggs and quick to grow. Parents do seem to eat fry as none have appeared in any tanks. Eggs removed and incubated separately.
Breeder: Ed, Nottingham, UK (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 16th August 2007
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Water conditions: Neutral, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Very successful
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 29th July 2009
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tank
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Fairly successful
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 15th February 2004
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Breeding problems: Poor egg production
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavy
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: The male sometimes become aggressive even towards the female. The female that was in the tank had her tail bitten off.
Breeder: Anthony, Toronto (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 20th September 2006
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: Lafia
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Breeding problems: Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 29th October 2006
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: Lafia
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Breeding problems: Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 29th October 2006
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Breeding problems: Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 7th July 2008
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tank
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: The pair is aggressive toward my neons. I could see the tails of neons nipped off time to time. I suspect they killed 2-4 of my neons out of 15. No casualty recently perhaps the neons got better and smarter. For my pair, the female is more aggressive toward the neons and her mate and another male. The eggs are VERY hardy and so are the fry. I kept out of like 15 eggs I kept, 11 came out, and 8 survived, with a m/f ratio 3:5.
Breeder: Aaron, Delaware (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 2nd January 2009

Average success

Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tank
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Average
Other Comments: Obtained 2 males and 2 females from aquarium club auction. One female had deformities. Placed 2 healthy males and 1 healthy female in heavily planted 20 gallon "natural" tank (minimal filtration). After 2 months, noticed fry swimming. Removed adults. Fry hatching every day. New fry eat organisms living in tank. Larger fry eat baby brine shrimp and flake food. Easy, lazy, fun.
Breeder: Fletch, London Ontario Canada (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 11th January 2004
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: Lafia
Water conditions: Neutral, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Breeding problems: Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Average
Other Comments: I was able to put three Lafia's in a small community tank with a cory, SAE, cherry shrimp, and a betta. I had to keep the betta in a seperated area in the tank for a few weeks before introducing him into the same space with the Lafias. This was in a tank with only one male lafia. Breeding note: Ive noticed that the fishes' behavior changed drastically just before I noticed the new fry. They tended to hide in tight spaces and feeding the adults became difficult.
Breeder: mrmacboo, Florida (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 27th November 2006

Unsuccessful

Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: N'Sukka
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Very unsuccessful
Other Comments: Adults don't eat fry, but larger fry eat smaller fry. Currently keeping adults in a 55G w/ angelfish with no problems.
Breeder: Josh, SF Bay area, USA (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 18th March 2005
Breeding Report: Fundulopanchax gardneri gardneri
Location code: Lafia
Water conditions: Neutral, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Very unsuccessful
Breeder: Paulo Freitas, Brasil (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 26th June 2008

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