Red Striped Killifish
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Red Striped Killifish
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Red Striped Killifish (Aphyosemion striatum)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Green, Red, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Max. Size 2"
Origin Tank-Raised
Family Aplocheilidae
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
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Overview

The Red Striped 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 a gold to green and pink coloration. Many horizontal red stripes adorn the body and fins of the males adding to their beauty. The female of this species are more subdued in color and form.

The Red Striped Killifish are not demanding and can adapt to a variety of water conditions. These fish prefer a heavily planted aquarium, and softer water on the acidic side.

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.

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

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

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