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Lampeye Killifish (Aplocheilichthys normani)

Lampeye Killifish (Aplocheilichthys normani)

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Aplocheilichthys Normani Care Guide with Aquarium Size Requirement:

1. Species Overview:

  • Aplocheilichthys Normani, commonly known as Norman's Lampeye Killifish, is a small and peaceful freshwater fish native to Africa. Recognized for its distinctive appearance and behavior, it is suitable for community aquariums.

2. Aquarium Size:

  • Provide a tank with a minimum size of 10 gallons for a small group of Norman's Lampeye Killifish. Due to their small size, they are suitable for nano or small aquarium setups.

3. Water Parameters:

  • Maintain a stable water temperature between 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C).
  • Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level, ideally between 6.0 and 7.0.
  • Keep the water hardness in the soft to moderate range, around 5 to 15 dGH.

4. Size of the Fish:

  • Norman's Lampeye Killifish typically grows to a size of about 1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5 centimeters).

5. Tank Decor:

  • Set up a well-decorated aquarium with a dark substrate to bring out the colors of the fish. Provide hiding spots with plants, driftwood, and small caves.
  • Maintain subdued lighting, mimicking their natural habitat in shaded streams.

6. Diet:

  • Norman's Lampeye Killifish are omnivores. Feed them a varied diet that includes high-quality flakes, micro pellets, and small live or frozen foods like daphnia and brine shrimp.
  • Offer small, frequent meals to accommodate their small size.

7. Behavior:

  • These killifish are peaceful and can be kept in small groups. They exhibit interesting behaviors, including the characteristic "lampeye" display.
  • Norman's Lampeye Killifish are top-dwelling fish, so they mainly occupy the upper levels of the aquarium.

8. Tank Mates:

  • Choose tank mates that are small, peaceful, and won't compete for resources. Suitable companions include small tetras, rasboras, and other peaceful community fish.
  • Avoid aggressive or larger species that may intimidate or harass them.

9. Tank Maintenance:

  • Regular water changes of 20-30% every week are essential to maintain good water quality.
  • Use a gentle filtration system suitable for the tank size to ensure clean water.

10. Breeding:

  • Norman's Lampeye Killifish can breed in captivity. Provide fine-leaved plants or spawning mops for egg deposition.
  • Consider a separate breeding tank with gentle filtration and slightly elevated water temperatures to encourage breeding behavior.

By adhering to these care guidelines and providing an appropriately sized and well-decorated aquarium, Norman's Lampeye Killifish can thrive, showcasing their unique behaviors and contributing to the charm of a community tank.

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