Killifish
Poropanchax normani The blue
Poropanchax normani The blue 'lamp' over the eye is never as bright in photographs as it is in real life
Poropanchax normani
Poropanchax normani
Poropanchax normani
Poropanchax normani
Current Scientific Name:
Poropanchax normani
Described: Ahl, 1928
Common name(s):
Distribution: Burkino Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Senegal, Chad, Togo

This small lampeye is widespread in Western and Central Africa, and is also widely available to the aquarium trade

A very peaceful species that can not hold its own at feeding time against more aggressive fish. It will thrive on a varied diet, including newly hatched artemia, even as an adult.

Breeding Poropanchax normani

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

Method:
Peat (or similar) spawning substrate (50%)
Adult fish removed from tank (50%)

Water Conditions:
Moderately hard and alkaline (100%)

Temperature:
16-19°C (50%)
24-27°C (50%)

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Poropanchax normani breeding reports

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

How to keep and breed Poropanchax normani

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 Poropanchax normani, 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 Poropanchax normani 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 Poropanchax normani?

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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+

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Poropanchax normani?

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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 Poropanchax normani 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 Poropanchax normani?

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

Very successful / fairly successful

Breeding Report: Poropanchax normani
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 16-19oC
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Very successful
Other Comments: The eggs of Poropanchax normani (Lamp eyes killie)are removed from the adults tank (collected in Java moss with fine brucelles) and they are transfered in a 600 ml jar filled with bottled spring Water(Montclair in Qu?bec city, Canada)...The eggs hatch in 15-18 days at 18oC... The fry fill their swimbladder few hours after hatching. However, they don't eat immediately after the free swimming stage, They begin to eat 2-3 days after hatching. They are too small to eat live newly hatched Artemia nauplii. Mine were fed with very fine powdered TetraMin flakes (crushed with a mortar in a ceramic dishe)... The powdered flakes are then mixed with very fine dried powdered Spirulina alga. The fry of Poropanchax normanii (Lamp eyes killie) stand near of the water surface and they feed exclusively there on the minute food particles left on the water surface... They begin to catch live and newly hatched Artemia nauplii after 2 weeks. They were so fed with finely powdered TetraMin flakes and live Artemia nauplii (newly hatched to 5 days old) 3 times a day.. The Artemia nauplii were fed with a colloidal suspension of TetraMin Flakes.. My 20 fry live in a 600 ml jar with Java moss under indirect sunlight and with artificial light at night to 12h00pm.. They have 6-8 hours of darkness each night depending of the season... The Lamp eyes fry reach 12mm long in one month and the dorsal and anal fins begins to develop after 2-3 weeks... The juvenile fishes are not agressive each other, they live in schools... On the other hand, the adult male is rather vigorous and agressive with the female during spawning (wounded fins on the female). 2-3 females per male are preferable... The adults Lamp eyes killies eat TetraMin flakes, frozen or live adult Artemia(I breed Artemia since 10 years), frozen tubifex worms etc... St?phane Plante splante_1@hotmail.com
Breeder: St?phane Plante, splante_1@hotmail.com (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 14th July 2005
Breeding Report: Poropanchax normani
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
Other Comments: Small! Maximum size is said to be 40 mm, but they normally grow to about 30 mm, and start spawning about 15 mm long. Not aggressive even to conspecifics. Fast; could be kept with small cichlids and gobies without getting eaten. Still, keeping them with bigger (10 cm or bigger) fish is probably not a good idea. A good beginners fish, IMO, as easy or easier to maintain as guppies, and almost as easy to breed.
Breeder:
Date this record created: 29th August 2003

Average success

Breeding Report: Poropanchax normani
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Adult fish removed from tank
Breeding problems: Poor fry survival rate
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Average
Other Comments: Quite easy to breed in a dedicated tank and given the proper attention. Fine community fish. I keep my adults in a heavily planted tank with Apistogrammas and Rainbow fish and they do fine.
Breeder: (2 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 4th May 2006

Unsuccessful

Breeding Report: Poropanchax normani
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Peat (or similar) spawning substrate
Breeding problems: Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Fairly unsuccessful
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 4th July 2009

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