Procatopus aberrans

79F
Explanation of the symbols

75F

Family : Poeciliidae
Origin : Nigeria, Cameroon
Length : 6 cm - 2.3"
Min. length aquarium : 80 cm - 30"
English name : Bluegreen lampeye
Peaceful schooling fish that you can keep in a community aquarium with a small, quiet population.  The aquarium should be planted densely on the sides and background.  In the middle you should leave a lot of free swimming space.  A dark substrate and a dimmed light bring out the colours of the fish.  Because they are sensitive for tuberculosis it is wise to add some salt (one tee spoon at 10 liters) to the water.

You should give them live food.  They like Artemia very much.  Only Tubifex is not suited.  Dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is rather easy.  The eggs are laid and fertilized in crevices. For spawning material you can use filter foam.  After a week the spawning material can be brought to a separate aquarium.  After 2 weeks the eggs hatch.  When the young fishes are swimming free you can raise them with vinegar eels and baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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