Killifish
Nothobranchius melanospilus Mvuha TZL 44-01.
Nothobranchius melanospilus Mvuha TZL 44-01.
Current Scientific Name:
Nothobranchius melanospilus
Described: (Pfeffer), 1894
Common name(s):
Distribution: Kenya, Tanzania
Some Recorded Strains:
Bagamoyo TAN 95/13
Bagamoyo TAN 97/39
Chalinze TAN 98/4
Kidete TAN 95/3
Kilwa TAN 97/10
Kisaki TAN 95/5
Kwaraza TAN 95/14
Lihonja TAN 97/25
Machimboni TAN 98/2
Mvuha TZL 44-1
Ndundu TAN 95/10
Soga TAN 97/45
Zanzibar TAN 97/4

A larger (3 inches plus) notho that often lives alongside other species of the genus. It is very widespread across Kenya and Tanzania

Females have distictive black spots

Breeding Nothobranchius melanospilus

Have you had any experience breeding this species? Why not fill in a species questionaire
5 other fishkeepers have successfully bred this species and left reports, their results are sumarised below

Method:
Peat (or similar) spawning substrate (100%)

Water Conditions:
Moderately hard and alkaline (40%)
Neutral (40%)
Moderately soft and acidic (20%)

Temperature:
24-27°C (60%)
28°C+ (20%)
20-23°C (20%)

Read the full breeding report(s) for Nothobranchius melanospilus


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Nothobranchius melanospilus breeding reports

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

How to keep and breed Nothobranchius melanospilus

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 Nothobranchius melanospilus, 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 Nothobranchius melanospilus 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 Nothobranchius melanospilus?

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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 Nothobranchius melanospilus?

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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 Nothobranchius melanospilus 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 Nothobranchius melanospilus?

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

Very successful / fairly successful

Breeding Report: Nothobranchius melanospilus
Water conditions: Neutral, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Breeding problems: Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Almost all females
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Very successful
Breeder: Tim, London
Date this record created: 21st May 2003
Breeding Report: Nothobranchius melanospilus
Location code: Machimboni TAN 98/2
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 28oC+
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Very easy
Success: Very successful
Breeder: Singapore (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 2nd April 2005
Breeding Report: Nothobranchius melanospilus
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: I am keeping 2 groups of around 10 fish (probaly 3 males for every 3 females, each with 2 spawning tubs in 15g tanks. Egg production is very good, and there is no real aggression, though the dominant males are clearly 'king of the tank'. the fry are large and easy to raise.
Breeder: Jules, Bucks
Date this record created: 8th February 2003
Breeding Report: Nothobranchius melanospilus
Water conditions: Neutral, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Breeder: r. seymour
Date this record created: 4th September 2003
Breeding Report: Nothobranchius melanospilus
Location code: Mvuha TZL 44-1
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Breeding problems: Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Somewhat male heavy
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly successful
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 27th February 2004

Unsuccessful

Breeding Report: Nothobranchius melanospilus
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Breeding problems: Poor egg production
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Fairly unsuccessful
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 29th May 2008

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