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Re: Panchax Help for Zoe
I have about 7 months with the Aplocheilus Panchax
and was the second Killifish I got. As in Mexico City,
the Killifish are very rarely seen. I was looking at a
tank full of Aplocleilus Lineatus or better known as
"Golden Wonder", that was my first Killi, and saw some
diferent looking Killies with the Lineatus. I asked
the dealer what they were and said that he didnt know,
that they came in the Golden Wonder imports. I grabed
10 of them and went running home. As I didnt know what
they were and I didnt have any answer from several
dealers, I started to navagate thru Cyberspace
(Internet) searching for some info. The following is
what I know now:
The Aplocheilus Panchax or better known as "The Blue
Panchax", can be found in India, Burma, the Malayan
Peninsula, Thailand and Indonesia. It seems to have a
lot of subspecies: Aplocheilus panchax andamanicus,
Aplocheilus panchax dorsomarginatus, Aplocheilus
panchax lutescens, Aplocheilus panchax marginatus,
Aplocheilus panchax mattei, Aplocheilus panchax
panchax, and Aplocheilus panchax siamensis. My guess
is that the Panchax thats imported is the Aplocheilus
Panchax Panchax as its the name Ive heard most. The
places where the Blue Panchax is found are
occasionally in the sea near river mouths, so 1
teaspoon per 2 gallons would sute them fine.
The body of the Panchax is typical of the
Aplocheilus, but some what slimmer and fins not so
develeped like the Lineatus. The color mainly is a
whitish gray that at the right angle and some light
shows why they are called the "Blue Panchax". Dorsal
fin is small and with a big black dot on it. Caudal
fin has an incomplete and thin black outline, males
have it more developed. Anal fins are diferent in
males and females, females have it round and yellow
and males pointed and with lots of small red dots.
Something that you see right away is its black lips,
my Lineatus also has them so I think that maybe all
Aplocheilus has them. It has grown to almost 3 "
inches and have stoped so I belive this is the maximun
size. These are some pics, mine looks like in between
the first and the third pic:
It is a peacefull fish outside the breeding period,
when breeding it chases every fish away from the
female, even non Killifish, as its breeding period
lasts for several weeks, its better not to put them in
a comunity tank or plant it heavily.
Water conditions are not very important but I have
them in slightly alkaline 7.4 ph, medium hard, and at
a temp from 21 C or 72 F to 28 C or 82 F and are very
For breeding, the "Blue Panchax" is like all
Aplocheilus, a Plant Spawner. You can use live plants
or better some Mops, both floating and bottom ones. It
produces eggs every day for about 3 weeks that hatch
at about 12 days at 26 C or 78 F. The fry are big
enough to eat hatched Brine Shrimp right away, I
personaly give them Daphnias passed thru a net so only
the smallest get to the fry as we have Daphnias in
Mexico City all the year, even in winter.
About your questions: "they're in a community tank,
and I would like to know if this is healthy for them
or would they be happier in a species tank, as they
are reluctant to eat." Well Zoe, Lets say they have a
new houseand we must understand how they might feel.
My Panchax dont like too much people moving around,
what I do is plant heavly its tank and light the tank
so my shadow dont disturb them.
About your other question: "Do Killis also need
totally still water? As there is a gentle current from
the filter and this seems to irrate them too."If the
current is too stong, it will irritate ANY fish Zoe.
The Panchax is a surface fish so just lower your
current untill they dont strugle to swim.
I could go on with the description Zoe, but this
email got some what "too big" for the Killie Talk
members, so any question you have about this fish,
Your Mexican Fish Friend, Everett Talavera
--- zc at talk21_com escribió: >
> I've mentioned this before but never got a response.
> I recently bought a pair of Apochelius Panchax,
> they're in a community tank, and I would like to
> know if this is healthy for them or would they be
> happier in a species tank, as they are reluctant to
> Do Killis also need totally still water? As there is
> a gentle current from the filter and this seems to
> irrate them too.
> Many thanks, Zoe.
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