Amiet's Lyretail Killifish
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Amiet's Lyretail Killifish
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Amiet's Lyretail Killifish (Aphyosemion amieti)
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Quick Stats

Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Water Conditions 73-79° F, KH 5-8, pH 6.0-7.5
Max. Size 2½"
Color Form Blue, Green, Red, Tan, Yellow
Diet Carnivore
Compatibility View Chart
Origin Captive-Bred, West Africa
Family Aplocheilidae
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Overview

The Amiet's Lyretail 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 green to yellow coloration. The body and fins of the Amiet's Lyretail is adorned with striking red patterns that add to the appeal of these fish. The female of this species are more subdued in color and form.

The Amiet's Lyretail 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.

Killifish have some unusual rearing techniques. A breeding tank is ideal with a 2-3 inch layer of peat at the bottom. The fish will bury the eggs in the peat. After spawning remove the peat that contain the eggs, and press out any excess water, and place the moist peat and egg mixture in a plastic bag or sealed jar for 3 weeks at room temperature. After 3 weeks, add tank water back to the peat to hatch the fry. Place the fry in a small holding tank and feed the newborn fish live baby brine shrimp.

Amiet's Lyretail 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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