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Re: Francisco Alcobia needs advice to select a beginners killifish species.
The AKA Homepage is the best place to start, Francisco with the Beginners
Guide and the Gallery of Killies. You have pinpointed some dandy killies. The
best for starters is probably Fundulopanchax garndneri and be certain you
pick one subspecies. There are a number of Fundulopanchas gardneri and most
are gorgeous fish although the majority can be handled in the same manner
(please don't mix the various subspecies). Epiplatys dageti are also good
start up fish. These two species are mop spawners with good sized eggs which
are easy to collect for water incubation. If desired, one can even follow the
development of the embryo with a low power microscope as the egg shells are
transparent. My personal favorite is the Aphyosemion australe (chocolate),
but some find it a more difficult fish to breed. The Fundulopanchax
sjoestedti is a tremendous fish (and the logo of the American Killifish
Association), but it is a large fish and many hobbyists have problems with
fungused eggs so I would not encourage this species for a first killie.
Most killie people have other species of tropical fish, but killies
are tops. One will find numerous killifish with fantastic colors and all
sorts of challenges to keep us interested. It can be a life long passion.
Good luck, Francisco