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Magnificus Killifish
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Magnificus Killifish (Simpsonichthys magnificus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Red, White, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Water Conditions 72-75° F, KH 3-8, pH 6.0-7.5
Origin Tank-Raised
Family Rivulidae
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
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Overview

The Magnificus Killifish is captive bred but is normally found in water holes, streams, and marshes of South America. The term Killy is derived from the Dutch word meaning ditch or channel, not because this fish is a killer in the aquarium. These Killifish are grouped among the New World Killis, which include all of the species from North, Central and South America. 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 blue and red coloration. Their tail and fins are very colorful, and are speckled with bright white spots. The female of this species are more subdued in color and form.

The Magnificus Killifish is 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 on the bottom of the aquarium. Incubation time depends on many factors and is unpredictable. The eggs will typically hatch within the first 5 months. Once hatched, place the fry in a small holding tank and feed the newborn fish live baby brine shrimp.

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

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4" to 1"

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