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Re: [Killietalk] mirabilis
That is an wonderful image of a wonderful killie, by Karl. But what would one expect of a killie whose species name projects meanings of wonderful, extraordinary, miraculous, unusual or (as I maybe mistakenly believed) beautiful?
Keith, as variable and gorgeous close relatives of the gardneri, there is no reason why a strain of Fundulopanchax mirabilis (Aphyosemion mirabile at one time to old geezers) shouldn't be in any killifish room... except that they often suffer from from the curse of being easy and attractive. Some strains have produced more of one gender and an aquarium of female Fp mirabilis trudeae is unremarkable. They may also have been kept by a number of killie people who have moved on to other killies. Some of those killinuts have awakened one morning to wonder, why in the world did I ever let those mirabile go?
Both the gardneri and mirabilis have been placed in the same subgenus and Paraphyosemion has had a number of other similar Fundulopanchax float in and out. Rather than struggle with the confusion of what a Paraphyosemion is for show classes, we might be better served if one class was "gardneri and mirabilis" and the other was "all other Fundulopanchax." Sizes of those classes might be closer to one another too.
We have been fortunate here that a number of WAKO members have continued to keep, breed and show a lot of those gems. Mirabilis also shares gardneri's tolerance for water with a little more mineral in it. They are perfect for many Midwesterners.
By the way, I still have a lonely female Fundulopanchax mirabilis Etuku, in case anyone has a lonely male. Ruth Warner was distributing those beauties. Don't trust the mail this time of the year, but would like that female to benefit someone.
All the best!
You don't see Fp. mirabilis very often. What experience have people had
with this fish? Pretty typical Fp? Trickier some how? Just no one wants
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