Scriptaphyosemion schmitti Juarzon
Scriptaphyosemion schmitti Juarzon
Current Scientific Name:
Scriptaphyosemion schmitti
Described: (Romand), 1979
Common name(s):
Some Recorded Strains:

Breeding Scriptaphyosemion schmitti

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

Spawning Mops (50%)
Long term (fry appear with adults) (50%)

Water Conditions:
Moderately soft and acidic (50%)
Neutral (50%)

20-23°C (100%)

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Scriptaphyosemion schmitti breeding reports

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How to keep and breed Scriptaphyosemion schmitti

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 Scriptaphyosemion schmitti, 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 Scriptaphyosemion schmitti 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 Scriptaphyosemion schmitti?

  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+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?

  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 Scriptaphyosemion schmitti?

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

In general, how difficult is Scriptaphyosemion schmitti to keep and breed?

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

How successful have you been at breeding Scriptaphyosemion schmitti?

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

Very successful / fairly successful

Breeding Report: Scriptaphyosemion schmitti
Water conditions: Neutral, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Long term (fry appear with adults)
Sex ratio: Somewhat female heavy
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Fairly successful
Other Comments: The adults don't seem to bother the fry. The fry don't seem to be overly canabalistic either.
Breeder: (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 13th August 2002
Breeding Report: Scriptaphyosemion schmitti
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Breeding problems: Poor egg production
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Fairly successful
Breeder: Tug Wilson, Lymington (1 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 24th December 2006

Average success

Breeding Report: Scriptaphyosemion schmitti
Water conditions: Moderately soft and acidic, 20-23oC
Spawning Method: Spawning Mops
Breeding problems: Poor egg survival
Sex ratio: Roughly equal
Breeding difficulty: Average
Success: Average
Other Comments: Not really prolific, but best results obtained by leaving the fry to grow on with the parent fish. I experienced a problem with fungussed eggs whenever I collected them from the mops. I now leave mops in with the parents. I found that spawning would stop if other species were introduced to the tank, e.g.. Ep. dageti, A. occelatum, Cherry Barbs, etc. In my experience these fish are best kept in a specimen tank with a breeding team of 4/6 fish in 18"x12"x12". Males will spar occasionally, but I've only experienced minor damage from these squabbles. I use rainwater - pH 6.0 and low hardness. Temp around 22C. Egg production stops for me if temperature 24C. This fish is always slender, and will not gorge on excessive food offerings. Keep them keen by missing a day's feeding every now and then. These fish have been regulars at recent BKA auctions, and the quality of the strain of these fish has been excellent. Sizes appear to be being maintained well in subsequent generations judging from the Lots being seen.
Breeder: Ian Allcroft BKA 157-06, Harrogate, North Yorkshire (3 years experience with this species)
Date this record created: 14th August 2002

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