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Clown Killifish, Captive-Bred
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Captive-Bred
Clown Killifish, Captive-Bred (Aplocheilus annulatus)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 73-79° F, KH 5-8, pH 6.0-7.5
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Aplocheilidae
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
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Overview

The Clown Killifish is captive-bred but is normally found in water holes, streams, and marshes in Africa. The term Killy is derived from the Dutch word meaning ditch or channel, not because this fish is a killer in the aquarium. These fish are ideal fish for the community aquarium, and will add some vibrant color and activity to these aquariums. The males of this species are very brightly colored, with the body having alternating black and yellow vertical stripes resembling a bumblebee. The dorsal and anal fins are very dramatic with blue and red stripes. The female of this species are more subdued in color and form.

This species of Killifish is not an annual species. Their eggs do not need to be removed from the water after spawning. They prefer to lay their eggs within a spawning mop or java moss. They are very easy to breed, and the eggs will hatch within 12 to 14 days. Once hatched, place the fry in a small holding tank and feed the newborn fish live baby brine shrimp. Be sure to cover the holding tank as the fish may jump.

Clown Killifish will accept most live foods such as brine shrimp, white worms, tubifex, and some dry flake and frozen foods.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1/2" to 3/4"

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Customer Testimonials

Ian Coyle Washington , DC
These fish are great for adding color at the top level of the aquarium. They like to be out in the open with their dorsal sides touching the water's surface, where your canopy light will enhance their coloration. They have bright blue irridescent eyes, which is not obvious in the photo here, and a lot of red in their tailfins.
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