tirsdag den 15. januar 2013

Fish spotlight: Chromaphyosemion bitaeniatum 'Ijebu Ode' (Killi fish, AKA Aphyosemion bitaeniatum))

Hello all,
if there is any one fish type that I really love then it would have to be the Killifish. Almost all of these (and there are thousands of different types) are beautiful, intriguing, and entertaining. One species I've really enjoyed having in my aquarium was the Chromaphyosemion bitaeniatum.

An unfussy eater, beautiful swimmer and very pleasing to the eye: 

Male Chromaphyosemion bitaeniatum

I bought my original trio at a Danish Killi-auction (ca. 3$) and instantly fell in love with them. Well, the entire family did, and the youngest even named them 'Dragon-fish'. They were from the region of Ijebu Ode.
I contacted the seller and it turned out that she had decided not to continue breeding the line and I got her remaining males for free. Wonderful lady!

Here the new Chromaphyosemion bitaeniatum males arrive - very curious.

Their larger brother goes closer to show them who is the boss!

Nothing beats Chromaphyosemion bitaeniatum males showing of against each other.

Chromaphyosemion bitaeniatum and a Aphysemion Australe

In general this is a very easy fish - eats anything and is very peaceful even with rivalling males sparring no injury will occur. The only downside is that you cannot expect mor than 1½ years out of them. But in that span of time they will charm anyone :-).

All the best,

3 kommentarer:

  1. Hej Kasper.. Hvor havde du købt dine killier (danish auction)? Super flot fisk, har et 30 liters der mangler nogle fine killier:) mvh Søren

    1. Hej Søren og velkommen!
      Disse dejlige killier blev købt ved den danske afdeling af Skandinaviska Killi Sällskapets auktion i Valby medborgerhus. De afholder hvert år i september en auktion med det bedste af killier i Danmark - vel værd et besøg.
      Bedste hilsner,

  2. Your blog is wonderful and very interesting !!!


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