Lyretail Killifish (Aphyosemion Australe) Care Sheet

Lyretail Killifish (Aphyosemion Australe)Aquarium Fish Care
SizeUp to 2.5 inches or 6 cm
OriginNear the coast of central West Africa from Cameroon to Angola
Natural habitatShallow streams with heavy vegetation
Fish HardinessEasy to keep
Water Temperature68 - 79 ºF or 20 - 26 ºC
Water pH5.5 – 7.0 pH
Water Hardness2 - 12 dH
StrataAll but mostly middle
Peaceful or AggressivePeaceful
Number of same species in one aquariumFour or more, more is better
Minimum tank size10 gallons or 40 liters for every group of four fish
Community FishYes
Compatible withOther Killifish, Cory Cats, Plecos, Hatchet Fish, Guppies and Loaches
SexesMales are larger and more colorful with more prominent fins
FoodOmnivore, prefers live or frozen daphnia, blood worms or brine shrimp, supplement with flakes
BreedingEgg scatterer, easy to breed
Breeding temperature73 - 79 °F or 23 - 26 °C
Other namesLyretail Panchax, Orange Lyretail, Cape Lopez Lyretail
Scientific nameAphyosemion australe
Other Scientific namesAphyosemion australe hjerresensii, Aphyosemion calliurus australis, Aphyosemion hjerresensii, , Aphyosemion polychromum, Haplochilus calliurus australis, Haplochilus cameronensis, Panchax polychromus
Lifespan3 years

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