Epiplatys dageti

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Nothobranchiidae
Origin : West Africa
Length : 7 cm - 2.8"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English names : Black-lipped Panchax, Redchin Panchax
Young fishes of this species are lively and tolerant but when they get older they become intolerant and they attack every other fish in the neighbourhood and become predatory.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave enough free swimming space.  A dark substrate and some floating plants are appreciated.

They are omnivorous but the prefer live food.  When they get older they even eat small fish.

Breeding is easy.  The breeding aquarium should be somewhat darkened and planted wilt fine leaved plants such as Riccia.  200-300 eggs are laid and fertilized during a long period between those plants.  After spawning the plants with the eggs should be removed to a separate aquarium.  After 8-10 days the eggs hatch.  You should feed the young fishes with small dustfood such as paramecia and rotifers .

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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