Procatopus aberrans Mamfe
Procatopus aberrans Mamfe
Procatopus aberrans Mamfe
Procatopus aberrans Mamfe
Procatopus aberrans Mamfe female
Procatopus aberrans Mamfe female
Current Scientific Name:
Procatopus aberrans
Described: Ahl, 1927
Common name(s):
Distribution: Cameroon, Nigeria
Some Recorded Strains:

Breeding Procatopus aberrans

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1 other fishkeeper has successfully bred this species and left a report, results are sumarised below

Long term (fry appear with adults) (100%)

Water Conditions:
Neutral (100%)

24-27°C (100%)

Read the full breeding report(s) for Procatopus aberrans

Procatopus aberrans Mamfe
Procatopus aberrans Mamfe
Procatopus aberrans Aquarium strain. A large male
Procatopus aberrans Aquarium strain. A large male

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Procatopus aberrans breeding reports

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

How to keep and breed Procatopus aberrans

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 Procatopus aberrans, 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 Procatopus aberrans be a good addition to a community tank?

  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 Procatopus aberrans?

  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?

  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?

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

In general, how difficult is Procatopus aberrans to keep and breed?

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

How successful have you been at breeding Procatopus aberrans?

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

Very successful / fairly successful

Breeding Report: Procatopus aberrans
Location code: Mamfe
Water conditions: Neutral, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Breeding difficulty: Easy
Success: Very successful
Other Comments: I had two pairs set up in a 2ft tank with a external power filter giving a good current and clean water. The tank had najas, a couple mops and the cork bark spawning sites floating on the surface. I was about to go on holiday for two weeks when I got them , so I fed them well on white worms and expected them to merely survive until my return. I found eggs deposited in the cracks of the floating cork bark, as I expected, but obviously was unable to raise them until I was back in the UK. On my return I was very surprised to find a shoal of 30 fry near the surface. The adults were not interested (staying right on the bottom) and the fry were doing well despite several days of non-feeding by me. They are now doing well at 1cm - no losses so far, and their shoal seems to be slowly moving downward in the tank as they age. Incidently the smallest fry seem to have the strength to swim in the filter current (or eddies around it at least).
Breeder: jules, UK (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 18th October 2003


Breeding Report: Procatopus aberrans
Water conditions: Moderately hard and alkaline, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Difficult
Success: Fairly unsuccessful
Other Comments: I spawn them in mops. Most eggs appear in the top. The adults do not appear to bother the eggs, but will eat fry. I generally leave the mop in the tank for about two weeks with a few pairs in a 40 L tank. Feed well (they really like fruit flies) and there will typically be about 30 eggs with different degrees of development. The eggs are removed to a small dish kept around 23C. As the eggs hatch the fry are put into a small (~8L) tank with a sponge filter. They have small mouths so require small foods at first. They hang around the top so very fine dry food and green water is used at first followed by micro worms and baby brine shrimp as they grow. Because they have small mouths you can keep fry that differ by a month or so in age in the same tank. Frequent water changes are important with this species.
Breeder: Gary Sutcliffe, Wisconsin, USA (5 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 17th December 2006

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