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Dennis Dynes
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May 28th, 2022 at 1:38pm
 
Hi, my name is Dennis and I just joined the AKA!

I have been keeping fish since I was young. My father started me in Cichlids and I have kept many other types of fish since then. However, I have never tried Killifish yet. I hope that it will be a good experience.
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Reply #1 - Jun 1st, 2022 at 10:31pm
 
Welcome Dennis! 

Have you looked into which killifish species to start with?  I started with Fundulopanchax gardneri about 4 years ago.

Ken
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Reply #2 - Jun 2nd, 2022 at 7:10pm
 
Hi Ken, glad to meet you!

At first I considered trying Nothobranchius Rachovii, but the AKA offered Fundulopanchax gardneri gold as a beginner pair and all I had to do was pay shipping. Although, I am not sure when they will be sent out, I have a tank all set up and ready for them.

Any tips on keeping/breeding this beautiful fish? Do you feed live, frozen, and or prepared foods? Do you keep them in pairs, trios or larger communities? Any good sources for their care?

Thanks, Dennis



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Reply #3 - Jun 3rd, 2022 at 9:28pm
 
Fp. gardneri is an easy and attractive fish.  I'm happy the club is sending you a pair. 

Gardneri are very hardy, and eat a wide variety of foods.  If the pair you receive don't initially take dried foods, I would try frozen foods such as bloodworms.  Live foods such as daphnia, small worms, and baby brine shrimp will be taken by picky eaters and make a great treat. The AKA has articles on how to prepare your own foods, but this makes more sense with a large number of fish.

Most killifish are prone to jumping, so I would recommend a covered tank, or at minimum lowering the water level a minimum of 6 inches from the top.  Simple plants like hornwort or java moss are are a good addition to a bare tank.  They can be kept in pairs, trios, and larger communities if they is enough space and cover for fish to escape aggression from the dominant male. 

If you want to breed gardneri, I would recommend a species-only tank with and a spawning mop to collect eggs.  The eggs can be incubated in water, or can be dry-incubated in damp peat moss for a few weeks before re-wetting. If you have a densely planted tank without other species or power filters there's a good chance a few juvenile fish will appear without any intervention.

For more details on care, the AKA beginners guide is a great place to start.
https://aka.org/!area_Public/publicLibrary/~breeding&rearing/akabeginnersGuide/a...
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Reply #4 - Jun 4th, 2022 at 4:01pm
 
Thanks for the advice, Ken.

I see that you did not mention adult brine shrimp. Does that mean that they are too big for an adult pair of Killi's?

Thanks again, Dennis
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Reply #5 - Jun 4th, 2022 at 4:27pm
 
Adult brine shrimp are readily accepted!
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