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Aplocheilus panchax panchax
Blue Panchax Killifish

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Name: Aplocheilus panchax panchax
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Southeast Asia
9 cm 80 L 6.8 26C


I own 2 of these fish and they are not only beautiful, but they make a wonderful addition to my community tank. They currently reside in a 45 liter planted tank. They are about 8 cm long and have been in there for about 6 months. They are top dwelling fish and they live peacefully with my Cherry Barbs (middle to bottom dwellers) and Cory's (bottom dwellers). They enjoy having plants to play in.

According to online sources this is a plant spawner. To breed, you can use live plants or mops, both floating and bottom ones. They produce eggs every day for about 3 weeks. They hatch in about 12 days at 26C. Apparently, fry are big enough to eat hatched Brine Shrimp right away. It is also noted that the parents may eat the eggs, so seperating them would be a good idea.

The Blue Panchax is what is considered a non-annual Killie. That means that, unlike some killies, it will not die in a year. They have a lifespan of about 3 years, give or take. They also seem to vary a great deal in color schemes. The overall basic pattern is the same, but their fins can have different colors, such as blue, white, yellow, or orange. They will eat just about any food that floats. They are deemed (rightfully so) to be avid jumpers. You would probably want to cover your tank, for they will jump a bit at feeding time. They are a beautiful addition to my community and I would recommend them to anyone!

Contributed by Jean-Paul Lavoie

These fish are an aquarist's dream: colourful, friendly and easy to keep and breed. Put floating plants in for them so they can hide among the roots and give them good quality food, and you will have a good few years out of them in return!

Contributed by a visitor

We have the golden variety of this fish. We got them on impulse (bad us, I know) and got 2 males and put them in to a 105 L tank. BIG mistake. We soon learned that these 2 males did not get along with each other, resulting in one of them being constantly chased and harassed by the other. We eventually took out the harassed one and put it into a 40 L tank it now peacefully shares with platies. Then the one remaining in the 105 L began to harass the Bolivian ram and rasboras, so he also had to be moved to another tank. Even with all of this headache, they are still lovely fish. The gold variety are absolutely gorgeous. Bright yellow with shiny green eyes. They also seem to be a pretty curious fish as well, similar to how a betta inspects everything, I've found that the killifish does the same thing. It's very cute to watch. I wish they weren't so aggressive towards each other, and wish this certain one wasn't aggressive towards other fish, but I'd still reocommend them to people so long as they have backup tanks ready just in case.

Contributed by Lisa L

I have two of these. They are not the most peaceful fish I have come across but they do rather well with platys guppys etc. I have two males that have a little punch up from time to time. I would definitely recommend this fish to a beginner.

Contributed by Jordan Timms

These are a really great fish. I have been breeding them recently. I keep them in a 75 liter tank with other fish. They are very peaceful fish, except sometimes the male harasses the female. I use spawning mops to breed them. The babies hatch in 14 days at 22C. The fry have barely any egg sacks left, but the fry are big and can eat powdered food. I feed mine Hikari first bites powdered food. I recommend this fish to anyone. It is gentle enough to be kept with dwarf puffers, but tough enough to be kept with more agressive puffers.

Contributed by D. F.

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