Rivulus xiphidius PK15
Rivulus xiphidius PK15
Rivulus xiphidius Crique Boulanger
Rivulus xiphidius Crique Boulanger
Rivulus xiphidius PK 15 female
Rivulus xiphidius PK 15 female
Current Scientific Name:
Rivulus xiphidius
Described: Huber, 1979
Common name(s):
Some Recorded Strains:
Bagne de Anamites
Crique Blanche SD-FG 03-10
Crique Boulanger
FBS 95-2

Breeding Rivulus xiphidius

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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:
Very soft and acidic (100%)

20-23°C (100%)

Read the full breeding report(s) for Rivulus xiphidius


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Rivulus xiphidius breeding reports

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How to keep and breed Rivulus xiphidius

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 Rivulus xiphidius, 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 Rivulus xiphidius 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 Rivulus xiphidius?

  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+

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Rivulus xiphidius?

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

In general, how difficult is Rivulus xiphidius to keep and breed?

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

How successful have you been at breeding Rivulus xiphidius?

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

Very successful / fairly successful

Breeding Report: Rivulus xiphidius
Location code: Bagne de Anamites
Water conditions: Very soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Difficult
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: Have maintained 4 different forms of the fish all in the same manor. shoe boxes with a layer of fine peat 1cm thick across bottom. Java moss as a spawning medium eggs can be left or picked. Excellently suited for natural breeding. Keep fairly dark and warm Chnage water frequently with very acid aged water Peat stained water is best. A single pair has been known to lay 8-12 per day under these conditions.
Breeder: Lee Van Hyfte, Iowa, USA (4 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 31st May 2004


Breeding Report: Rivulus xiphidius
Location code: PK15
Water conditions: Very soft and acidic, 24-27oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Breeding problems: Skewed sex ratio
Sex ratio: Almost all males
Breeding difficulty: Very difficult
Success: Very unsuccessful
Other Comments: Very low pH around 5 Rainwater used, floating plants (salvinia), 1 male to 5 females in tank size 10x10x15ins,snails died in low pH. natural light from window. java fern added for female protection.Live food mainly, bloodworm,whiteworm,grindalworm,brineshrime nauplii& fruitfly.pretty peaceful,needs the proper water conditions t display to their potential. Beautiful fish but needs constant attention.Eggs very large for such a small fish. Fry easy to rear on the usual live foods.
Breeder: Colin McCourt, Nth. Ireland (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 28th March 2005