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Cape Lopez Lyretail

Picture of Cape Lopez Lyretail Killifish Picture of Cape Lopez Lyretail Killifish

Common name:Cape Lopez Lyretail, Lyretail Killifish, Golden lyretail panchax
Scientific name:Aphyosemion australe
Origin:West Africa
Size:2.5" (6cm), females smaller
Recommended tank size:45 x 30cm (18 x 12") or larger, though smaller tanks are often used for spawning pairs.
Tank setup:Planted tank with subdued lighting and gentle circulation. A sandy substrate would be ideal, and the addition of leaves such as Catappa, oak or beach would add a natural look to the decor as well as helping to provide the correct water chemistry.
Compatibility:Species tank or Community tank with small peaceful species only.
Temperature:20-24oC (68-75oF)
Water chemistry:Soft and acidic (pH 5.5-7.0)
Feeding:Captive-bred fish will normally take dry foods such as flake and granules, supplement with small live and frozen foods.
Sexing:Males are more colourful and have extended finnage.
Breeding:Eggs will be scattered over fine leaved plants, hatching takes about two weeks.
Comments:Soft, acidic 'blackwater' conditions are ideal for this species. This can be achieved by filtration through peat, the addition of commercial blackwater extracts and/or using bogwood and leaves as part of the decor.




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