Aplocheilus dayi

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Aplocheilidae
Origin : India, Sri Lanka
Length : 10 cm - 4"
Min.length aquarium : 100 cm - 40"
English name : Ceylon killifish
A rather shy fish for the upper water layers.  He is somewhat intolerant to their own species.  You should keep him together with fishes of about the same size or a little bit larger.  The aquarium should be well planted on the sides and the background.  In the middle you should leave very much free swimming space.  The light should be dimmed to bring out the colours of this fish..  Use some floating plants as well to provide areas of shade.  The aquarium should be well covered because they are very good jumpers.

They are omnivorous, so you should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is easy.  A couple can breed in a small aquarium with low water.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in a spawning mop.  You should remove the eggs to a shallow tank.  The eggs hatch after 12 - 14 days.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can feed them with very fine infusoria.  They grow quickly.

Photo Credit

Greg DeGreef

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